Water Saving Tips for Your Home
You don’t have to be an eco-warrior to see the benefits of implementing green practices into your life. Most people recycle, choose to take the bus, walk or bike to nearby locations, and conserve energy without much thought. Water conservation can also be seamlessly integrated into your daily life, without much thought. By making a few simple adjustments you can save money on both your water bill and your energy bill with these water saving tips.
- Refrigerate bottles of water. Avoid running the tap waiting for the water to get cold. Fill and refrigerate bottles or pitchers of water. Another option is to simply add ice to your drinks to keep them cool.
- Fix leaks. This seems to be self-explanatory, but even small leaks can add hundreds of dollars to your water bill if left untouched. Get a professional plumber to fix or replace old, leaky pipes.
- Use your dishwasher. Fill your dishwasher before your run it. Dishwashers that are run without being full to capacity actually waste water. On average, it takes more water to hand wash the same amount of dishes than to run a full dishwasher.
- Install new shower heads. Showering accounts for nearly 17% of water use in the home. New, efficient showerheads can help lower the amount of water used without sacrificing performance. Choose “Watersense” certified showerheads and faucets for your bathrooms.
- Install low flow toilets. Low flow toilets are another way to reduce the amount of water used in the home. These toilets operate much like regular toilets, only using less water per flush. If a low flow toilet is simply out of your price range at the moment, don’t worry, you don’t have to continue flushing your money down the drain. Fill two water bottles with sand or gravel and insert them into the tank of your conventional toilet. Be sure to avoid obstructing the flushing mechanism in the tank.
- Xeriscaping. The yard is another place where we waste a lot of water. When landscaping it is important to choose drought resistant plants. Use mulch to help maintain the soil’s moisture. Be careful of the angle of the land and the positioning of your plants and shrubs. A lot of water is lost due to run-off.
- Turn off water while you brush. Every schoolchild has been taught not to let the water run while washing hands or brushing teeth, but most adults could use a refresher course. This simple habit of letting the water run while not in use is wasteful and expensive.
- Install a tankless water heater. Avoid wasting water in standing tanks by going tankless. Tankless water heaters are also known to heat water faster than traditional water heaters, cutting down on the water wasted waiting for the water to heat up.
- Buy efficient appliances. Whether you are in the market for a new dishwasher or washing machine, choose an energy efficient, WaterSense model. Like Energy Star appliances, WaterSense machines may be slightly more expensive, but they pay for themselves in water savings.
- Recycle your water. There are a thousand of low-tech ways to do this. Use a shower bucket to catch the water that is wasted while waiting for the shower to get hot. You can use the water to wash dishes (or your dog), soak laundry, or water your garden. Use water from cooking pasta or washing vegetables to water houseplants. You can also install a gray water system, which is pretty easy if you are building a new home but more complicated to install in an older home. Gray water, unlike black water, does not contain sewage and can be treated with UV light and/or chlorine.
Much like turning off the lights when you leave the room to lower energy costs, saving water is the product of many small habits and choices. By making a few smart improvements to your home, you can easily implement these water saving items and lower your water bill significantly.
Crown Plumbing is a Denver Plumber that you can call if you need help implementing some of these water saving items into your home.