7 Ways You Can Save Water & Money At Home
As water scarcity becomes a problem in major metropolitan areas all around the world, Chicago area residents may be wondering how they can reduce their water usage at home. We here at J. Blanton Plumbing are happy to help you get started on your water conservation efforts with these seven simple steps you can take to save water – and money!
Turn Off The Tap
Many of us keep the water running while we brush our teeth, or run the shower for a bit longer than anticipated before getting in. However, these seemingly insignificant habits can add up. If you make a point to turn off the water whenever you aren’t actively using it, you’ll save loads of water and money on your next utility bill!
Wait to Run the Washer
Make sure your washing machine or dishwasher has a full load before you hit start. Though it is satisfying to constantly have clean clothes and dishes available, both appliances use a significant amount of water, so running frequent small loads wastes a lot of water. Additionally, make sure you schedule routine maintenance checkups, to ensure your appliances are running efficiently!
Time for an Upgrade
If your bathroom sink or toilet is getting old, odds are they aren’t as efficient as they used to be, and you may want to consider upgrading to something new. Modern plumbing units such as low-flush toilets and showerheads allow you to save water without sacrificing any function!
Head to the Car Wash
You may think you’re saving money by washing your car yourself, but in fact you could easily be using more than 100 gallons of water to get the job done! Car washes don’t want to waste money either, so most are equipped with efficient systems that allow them recirculate the water they use. However, both methods still use a significant amount of water, so make sure to only wash your car when it absolutely needs a good scrub.
Address Slow Leaks
Even small leaks can lead to big problems down the road! For example, a leaky toilet can waste as much as 500 gallons of water a day! Constantly dripping faucets and taps can also lead to unnecessary costs, so it’s best to get them fixed as soon as possible. Have a licensed professional locate the leak, and fix it quickly!
Pasta is one of the easiest and most popular foods out there, but in our haste, we tend to strain the pasta over a colander, letting the excess water escape down the drain. Next time you boil a pot of your favorite household staple, consider collecting the water and using it for something else! For example, you can rinse any fresh vegetables you may be preparing to go with your meal, or use it to water your garden!
Water Your Lawn at Sunset
Your yard is the first thing guests see when they pull into your driveway, so you want to make sure yours is up to par! However, you could be losing the majority of your water to evaporation if you water in the morning. Instead, water in the evening when it’s cooler. This gives the water a chance to soak into the ground before the heat of the day bakes it away!
If you have any questions about reducing water usage in your home, give us a call at any of our three Chicago area locations. Our knowledgeable plumbers are happy to help in any way we can!