Water conservation is not only good for the environment; it's also good for your wallet. If you live in an area that is particularly prone to drought, it's in everyone's best interest that you are familiar with basic practices for reducing water consumption. It can seem overwhelming - are you supposed to buy new fixtures, change habits, or find some other option? However, even the smallest efforts add up fast. Let's have a look at some simple ways to save water.
One of the biggest ways you might be wasting water is through a leak you don't know about. Undiagnosed leaks can cost thousands of dollars a year, and can waste a truly staggering amount of water, but even small leaks that don’t have a noticeable impact on your water bill are wasteful. Call your local plumber to let him or her have a look at your house's pipes and fixtures to detect any leaks that aren’t as obvious to the naked eye. Fixing leaks can help you conserve water and lead to significant savings.
If you like your showers long and luxurious sometimes—who doesn’t?—the idea of buying an efficient shower head may sound really dreary. You'll be happy to know newer, more eco-friendly fixtures still deliver great water pressure while using fewer resources. A new shower head is a fairly simple DIY project, but Roto-Rooter plumbers are always here if you get stuck. Your plumber can help you choose and install the best water-saving fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom – and help you find other ways to conserve water that won't cramp your style.
You may need to give up those lengthy daily showers if you're committed to using less water. Other lifestyle changes are also important, such as living with a little brown grass in the summer instead of constantly running the sprinklers. Try brushing your teeth with the water off. Change your shaving routine so that you’re just rinsing your razor with a quick blast from the faucet instead of constantly running water. Both of these habits use as much water in a day as many less fortunate individuals use in a week!
Don’t forget, some conservation tips may seem counterintuitive. For example, if you live in an area that reaches below-freezing temperatures during the winter, it’s important to let faucets drip during the night. A pipe that freezes and bursts will waste immensely more water than a night’s worth of dripping.