Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips

There are many ways to conserve water around the house. We’ll explore the different areas of your house that use water and show you ways to save money and precious time. Leaks are the most common way water is wasted. The quickest solution is to inspect you water meter. Make sure you have no running water in your house and then look for the red triangle on your meter to remain still. A spinning triangle indicates a leak. The faster it spins the bigger the leak and the sooner you may need to call a Whitby Plumber.
Kitchen
• Pour the water from your pets bowl into house plants
• Defrost food in your fridge overnight instead of running water over it
• Install an Energy Star rated dishwasher- They use on average of 1/3 less water
• Wasted food can be used as compost, just think of how much water was needed to produce that food to begin with- Do this as an alternative to washing food waste down a garbage disposal
• Fill your Brita (or any filter jug) with running water while you wait for it to get hot
• Only run your dishwasher when it is completely full- Consider washing the few dishes you may need by hand instead of turning on a half full machine
• Buy a stainless steel water bottle to take with you every day- We all know how bad plastic water bottles are, but did you know we pay more for bottled water than we do for gas?

Bathroom
• Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth
• Change out your showerhead to a water saver version
• Repair any leaks quickly, such as a dripping faucet/showerhead or a leaking toilet
• Install a showerhead flow control, this will enable you to throttle the flow of water when you shower. Turn it down when you shave or when washing your hair, then turn it up when you need to rinse
• Reduce your shower time- Just 1 minute less can save over 500 gallons of water per year, per person

Laundry Room and Everywhere Else
• Consider switching your washing machine to a high efficiency model and they use as much as 50% less water compared to an older model- Less water will also translate to less energy used when drying clothes in a dryer, save even more by hanging them outside in the Spring, Summer, or Fall
• Install a moisture sensor to alert you of any leaks- Near your washing machine or dishwasher are great spots to start with
• Insulate your copper pipes to get hot water faster and waste less water while waiting
• Drip irrigation systems for outdoor gardens will save water and some versions have a sensor that will not operate if there has been any recent rainfall
• Rain barrels are another way to water your plants and they use “free” water- Ask any gardener and they’ll tell you rain water makes plants grow faster than tap water

I hope this helps to get you started in your quest of saving, time, and money
Your Whitby Plumber
Thanks for Reading

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