With World Environment Day, we’re reminded of the many environmental concerns that we’re currently facing. When contemplating the many seemingly urgent issues, it’s sometimes overwhelming and makes it hard to know what to do to help.
In the midst of this, it’s important to remember that even some small changes can have a big impact, especially if we all work to make those changes. One easy thing we can all do is use less water.
And, not only is using less water good for the environment, but it also helps you save money on your water bill. As a result, it’s a no-brainer. Here are some tips for ways that you can reduce your water usage by leveraging your plumbing system.
Use Low-Flush Toilets
Low-flush toilets use significantly less water than full-flush toilets and can decrease the amount of water that you use in your bathroom plumbing by nearly 50 percent.
If your bathroom plumbing was installed before 1994, there’s a good chance that you have a full-flush toilet, which uses 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush (as opposed to 1.6 gallons or less for low-flush toilets).
While there were initially some concerns about how effective they were, the technology has improved substantially in the last twenty years. Low-flush toilets use either gravity or pressure-assisted technology to effectively remove waste with smaller amounts of water. If your home does not already have low-flush toilets, contact a plumber as soon as possible to discuss having them installed.
Stop Leaky Faucets
Shower faucets sometimes have a very small drip or leak that goes ignored for long periods of time. While this seems like an insignificant amount of water, it can actually add up and take a toll on your water bill.
As a result, it’s important to ensure that you don’t have any such leaks and, if you do, to repair them as soon as possible.
To avoid wasting water this way, inspect all bathroom plumbing and other faucets throughout your home. If you find any leaks or drips, schedule an appointment to have them repaired so that you can lower your bill and stop wasting a precious resource.
Inspect Pipes for Leaks
Another way that you can unknowingly wastewater is through leaking pipes. Again, even a small drip adds up and can result in significant increases in your water bill. It’s a good idea to regularly inspect all pipes in your home to ensure that there are no leaks and that they are all in good condition.
This will not only help to identify leaks, but it could also alert you to more substantial problems and save some major headaches down the road. Regular pipe inspection should be part of your maintenance routine, so call and schedule an inspection now if you haven’t had one recently.
As you think of ways to save water, it’s important to keep an eye out for things in your home that could be using more water than necessary – like full-flush toilets, leaking faucets, or leaking pipes. If you are concerned about any of these or notice any issues, please call us today to schedule an appointment.