Water Saving Tips For Your Home

Mar 6, 2013 by

Many homeowners feel the pinch when the water bill comes each month. As water rates continue to rise and people across the country are warned about water shortages, many homeowners find themselves looking for ways to conserve water in the home. Fortunately, there are many ways to save water without sacrificing the daily pleasure of a hot shower or the necessity of washing laundry. Our expert plumbers offer these water saving tips for your home.

Plumbing Maintenance

Properly maintaining the plumbing system in your home is key to saving water. Even a single drippy faucet can leak hundreds of gallons of water each year. If you are unsure of how to fix a leaky faucet or you think you have a leak somewhere, a professional plumber can assess the situation for you and fix it to stop the leak.

Install Aerators

Aerators are small devices that fit onto the opening of a faucet. They reduce the rate of flow of the water without changing its velocity. This results in a consistent and wide stream of water that contains more oxygen as it is released from the faucet. Aerators work well on kitchen and bathroom faucets and for tasks such as hand and dish washing.

Low-Flow Faucets and Shower HeadsAerated Water Faucet

Low-Flow faucets and shower heads reduce the amount of water that comes out without changing the pressure or velocity of the flow. This allows a person to take just as long of a shower as he is used to but use less water in the process. These fixtures let you adjust the pressure to your liking so that you can still have an enjoyable experience and save water at the same time.

Dual-Flush Toilets

Dual-flush toilets give users the option to use 50 percent less water while flushing liquid waste. You can purchase a new toilet with this feature or retrofit an old one with a kit obtainable at the hardware store.

Changing Habits and Routines

While the installation of new plumbing devices can make it easier to save water, water wastage will still occur until certain habits and routines are changed by each member in the family. Here are some tips on habits to change that will cut down on household water use.

  • Shut off the water while hand washing dishes. Instead, fill one side of the sink with hot soapy water and the other side with cool water.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving.
  • Turn off the water in the shower while rubbing in the shampoo, conditioner and soap. Just turn it on when rinsing is necessary.
  • Run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
  • Choose energy efficient dishwashers and washing machines when it comes time to replace these appliances. Select models that allow you to adjust the water usage for each load.
  • Plug the bathtub before running the water, then adjust the hot and cold while filling it up.

When it comes to saving water in the home, it is easier to make changes that do not require much effort, time or money to implement. Our tips center on both on changing habits and improving water efficiency to reduce the total water consumption of each member of the household. When saving water is easy to do, everyone can get in on the act.

Rachel is a blogger for Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Minneapolis, a plumbing company in St. Louis Park, MN that specializes in plumbing repair. You can follow Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Minneapolis @MPLSplumber.

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