Steps Toward a Water-Efficient Home
It is estimated that an average person in the United States uses about 80 to 100 gallons of water per day. That’s a significant amount of water! When is this water being used and by what fixtures or appliances? Water is used when you shower or bathe, flush the toilet, wash your hands, run the dishwasher, do laundry, prepare food, and more. Your usage affects your water bill, the environment, and your plumbing system. Learn some helpful tips on how to conserve water and be more efficient at home with Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.
Opt for High-Efficiency Plumbing Fixtures
One of the best ways to conserve water is to have high-efficiency plumbing fixtures installed. Many of these fixtures include toilets, bathroom sinks, shower heads, water heaters, and more. Dual-flush toilets are a good option as they use less water per flush. High-efficiency sinks have more powerful water flow, while also using less water than a standard sink. Low-flow shower heads release less water per minute than regular shower heads. Tankless water heaters are only heated on demand to conserve energy.
Don’t Let Faucets Run
Leaving the faucet running is something a lot of people do without realizing. It happens when you’re washing your face, brushing your teeth, shaving your legs, hand washing dishes, and handling food. When possible, it is important to turn the water off. This will save water as well as lower your bill!
Limit Shower Time
Showers are considered third in line behind toilets and doing laundry when it comes to water usage. The average American uses about 17.2 gallons of water when they shower. And that number comes from taking about an 8 minute shower. To conserve more water, it is smart to limit the amount of time you spend showering.
Regularly Check for Leaks
There is no doubt that leaks can contribute to major water usage as well as waste. A dripping faucet, a leaking water heater or toilet; the list goes on. If you notice a leak, it is important to contact a plumber right away so that they can evaluate the situation and make repairs as necessary. It is also a good idea to schedule regular maintenance checks to ensure everything is running smoothly.
Keep Your Pool Covered at All Times
If you have a pool, you are most likely aware that they hold a significant amount of water. The water does not need to be refilled often, however pools without covers lose more water due to evaporation. We recommend putting a cover on your pool when it is not in use to better conserve water.
If you notice your water bill increasing or see a visible leak, it is important to get help from a fully licensed and trained technician. The experts at Stephens Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning have the skill and experience you need when you’re facing plumbing issues. We love helping South Bay and Orange County homeowners with what we do best! You can count on us to get the job done properly and efficiently. Contact Stephens today to schedule an appointment.