Saving water saves money. During warmer weather, you are likely to use more water than any other season. Switching to low flow toilets, faucets, and hoses can help reduce the water bill. And, if your community allows for rain barrels, this can save you hundreds of gallons of water that can be used on grass and outdoor/indoor plants over the course of the summer. Don’t waste water! It is the lifeline of the economy.
Slow the Flow to Save H2O
Replacing inefficient water-using appliances in your home is essential to reducing water usage. Not only will you be cutting your utility costs, but you’ll be contributing to preserving the environment. In fact, the EPA reports changing lifestyle habits and installing efficient appliances can save homeowners up to $170 per year. For the best results, look for appliances that meet federal WaterSense standards.
Below is a list of the top appliances that offer water-saving benefits:
- Kitchen faucet – A low-flow faucet will limit the flow of water.
- Faucet aerator – A less expensive alternative to a new faucet that limits the flow of water.
- Upgraded shower head- A low flow shower head limits water usage and cuts back on the energy used to heat the water.
- Bathroom faucet – In addition to turning off the water while brushing your teeth, limiting water flow in bathroom sinks is another water saving action.
- Dual flush toilet – Only use the amount needed for each flush.
- Replace clothes washers – Look for an ENERGY STAR rating to reduce water and energy use. Front loaders are the most energy efficient.
Source: Consumer Reports
Read more about ways to conserve water at your home.
Drip, Drop. Make It Stop
According to the EPA, the average family can waste 180 gallons per week, or 9,400 gallons of water annually, from household leaks. That’s equivalent to the amount of water needed to wash more than 300 loads of laundry. The list below identifies the top 3 sources of leaks in your home’s plumbing:
- A running toilet
- A leaky faucet
- A leaky pipe
Taking preventative measures with your home’s plumbing is a key way to save water and prevent plumbing emergencies. Our expert plumbers are available to take care of all of your plumbing needs at 410-757-2992.
Save Water, Preserve the Future
Did you know that only 1% of the water on Earth is useable, 99% of which is groundwater? When thinking about your water usage from this perspective it makes sense to include steps to conserve water into your daily routine.
- Dishwashers: Using a dishwasher saves H2O! Using your dishwasher, rather than hand washing dishes is an easy way to reduce water usage, but only run the dishwasher when it is full to optimize the benefit.
- Showers: It’s true! Skipping the bath and taking a shower saves water. Shortening your shower will save even more.
- Collect water: A rainwater tank, won’t break the bank. Collecting rainwater from gutters is a simple water to be more efficient with water usage.
- Lawn care: Reduce the size of lawns, and look for ground cover and native, drought-tolerant plants that rely on less water to thrive. If you must have a lawn, then water it at the right time. Early morning watering is best before the heat of the day sets in.
Spread the word! Water is a precious and limited resource. Without it, life ceases to exist. These tips will not only improve your savings, they will protect a valuable resource for generations to come.