Water conservation has become an essential practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems abundant. Water conservation is extremely important for our future generations. In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds. Here is our ten simple plumbing tips on how to conserve water:
- Check all pipes for leaks. A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. Perform a thorough check and use leak detection tools.
- Don’t use excessive amounts of detergents, bleach or chemicals that may kill the natural bacteria in your septic system. Septic system should contain small amount of detergents and septic systems should be checked out 1-2 times per year.
- Use biodegradable soaps and detergents. Not only biodegradable soaps have many benefits it will help you conserve water in the long run.
- To prevent excessive watering of your lawn in Florida home, purchase an inexpensive spring-loaded timer which attaches directly to your outside faucet. This will prevent overwatering in case you forget to shut off the sprinkler.
- Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. There is absolutely no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing. It will save you gallons of water.
- Check your water meter during a period of time when no water is being used. Make a note of the meter reading and check it 8 to 10 hours later. If the meter has moved, there is an indication that you may have an undetected water leak, which should be corrected immediately.
- Fix your leaky toilet, now. Leaky toilets consume more than 40% of your total water usage. Installation of a new toilet flapper and fill valve will keep your toilet running efficiently.
- Your water heater temp should be 120°F maximum. Conserve energy by checking the temperature setting on your water heater. It should not be above 120°F or medium setting on older models.
- Replace your old shower head. Replacing an old shower head may save up to 7.5 gallons of water per minute without sacrificing full spray action at low or high water pressures.
- Check your faucet. A leaky faucet that drips once per second can waste more than 8 gallons a day. That’s 3,000 gallons per year! Call a plumber to have your leaky faucet fixed.
In conclusion, there are many ways to conserve water and water conservation at home is one of the easiest measures to put in place, and saving water should become part of everday family practice.