Severe droughts are causing some cities and states to put water restrictions in place, which means more and more people are looking for ways to minimize their water usage. You can reduce how much water your household uses each day with the following tips. Taking these steps now will ensure you're ready if your state or municipality instills any restrictions.
1. Keep Chilled Drinking Water in the Refrigerator
Standing at the kitchen sink and running the water until it is cool enough to drink can waste more of this precious resource than you think. Set aside a drink container that is specifically to hold water in the refrigerator. This way, you will always have fresh, cold water available on the hottest days.
2. Repair Dripping Faucets
If you have a faucet that drips at the speed of 4 drops per minute, the total water loss for the year is 138 gallons. A 4-drop-per-minute leak isn't even considered fast in most homes. Multiply this by the number of dripping faucets you have, and it adds up to big water losses each year. To combat this water waste, always repair dripping faucets.
3. Turn Water Off When Washing Hands and Brushing Teeth
If you let the water run while you brush your teeth or put soap on your hands, then you could be wasting gallons of water every day - especially when you have a large family. Create a good habit of shutting the water off as you suds up the hands or brush your teeth. Try to limit running the water to when it is actually needed.
4. Switch to Low-Flow Faucets and Showerheads
Replacing older fixtures with more water conservative designs will save a ton of water usage in your home. You can change all of your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, basement, and outdoor faucets to low-flow ones that will last for years. You can even have sleek showerheads that offer all of the pressure you need while using less water.
5. Build Patios and Other Structures
Reducing the amount of grass in your yard by installing patios, gazebos, and other features will reduce the amount of water needed to water your lawn. You can also plant greenery that does well in a more droughttype climate.
6. Use a Car Wash
No longer washing your vehicles at home will save a lot of water as well. Going to a car wash uses far less water than washing your car at home because recent systems are designed to reuse water many times over. If you need to wash your car, truck, or SUV, then you'll save more water by going to a car wash.
7. Install Water-Saving Appliances
Your clothes washer and dishwasher might bring your water usage up more than you realize if the appliances are outdated. New units featuring water-saving technology can cut your water usage by up to 40 percent.
For further water reduction, eliminate any pre-rinsing of dishes, assuming your dishwasher owner's manual says that the appliance will still clean dishes effectively.
8. Use a Container in the Shower
Running the water in the shower and waiting for the right temperature provides a great opportunity to fill a container with the available stream. You can then use the water to water the plants around your home or to complete some basic cleaning tasks.
9. Get an On-Demand Hot Water Heater
Investing in a tankless water heater will provide a dual benefit of saving both water and energy costs. An on-demand system heats water as it is needed, so you don't have a large tank that is constantly using electricity to keep water warm. Tankless systems also offer water almost instantly, so you'll spend less time waiting for the water to get warm when starting faucets.
To upgrade to a tankless water heater or waterefficient faucets, contact our team at Hansen Plumbing Inc.