Water conservation isn’t just good for the environment—it’s also a great way for homeowners to save money on utility bills. Here are some tips that will keep both you and mother nature happy.
- Install efficient products.
New products that use tried and true technologies are a great way to save water. High efficiency shower heads are fairly common. In many cases, they can give the user a feeling of higher pressure. Dual flush toilets are also very water efficient. They have a light flush and heavy flush mode and are rated in gallons per flush. Pay attention to the rating on the label before buying a new appliance. That way, you’ll know exactly what to expect.
- Use eco mode.
Many dishwashers, washing machines, and other appliances have a built-in eco mode. If you have the opportunity to take advantage of it, it will attempt to conserve water and electricity. You should give the setting a try to see how much it can save. You might find out that it works well in certain situations or use cases. Experiment to find out if it works well for you.
- Fix household drips and leaks.
It’s amazing how quickly a small drip can add up to gallons of wasted water going down the drain. It should always be a priority to get drips fixed if you’re trying to conserve water. If you think you have an underground leak on your main water line (even if it’s the city line), get it checked out.
- Shut off running water whenever possible.
Unfortunately, we tend to develop bad habits growing up that are hard to break. For example, lots of people leave the water running unnecessarily while brushing their teeth. If you have the water running the whole time, it’s going to add up to gallons and gallons wasted. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing dishes when possible.
- Maximize your lawn’s efficiency.
If you’re planning to water the lawn, the best time is in the morning or evening. That’s because you’re not going to get the evaporative effect that occurs during the middle of the day (when it’s hottest). You can even install collection tanks that store the water that drips off the roof during rainy season. Even though you can’t use it as potable drinking water, it’s great for watering plants.
Bonus: Use containers creatively.
People tend to turn the tap water on and let it run for a while to get nice cool drinking water. You could save a lot of water by putting a pitcher of it in the fridge instead.
When cleaning, it’s better to use buckets instead of running the water hose. A continuous spray will end up using large amounts of water.
If you would like to install highly water efficient products in your home, give Boulden Brothers a call or contact us online.