Keeping Your Water Conservation Resolution in the New Year

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Blog Highlights

  • Showering accounts for about 17 percent of a home’s water usage
  • About 30 percent of a home’s water consumption comes from toilets flushing
  • Consider updating old machines with an Energy Star rated model

Every year we make resolutions and every year we break them. Well, this year it’s time to change that! One of the most common resolutions from year to year is to save money and here are some quick and easy ways to help make that happen! This year, keep your resolution and save money on your water and energy bills.

In order to reduce the amount of water you use for dishes, consider installing an energy efficient dishwasher. The latest models use less water per cycle and limit pre-rinsing. Other ways to save include running the dishwasher only when it’s full and filling up the sink when you have to wash dishes by hand instead of letting the tap run.

Dripping faucets can waste a lot of water. If you have a leaky faucet, get it fixed right away. A leaking faucet can waste up to 190 gallons of water per month! Additionally, you can save water and ease your water bill by shutting off the faucet when you brush your teeth. Updating to a WaterSense model can also save you money and water.

Improve Your Hot Water System
One way to reduce your water and electric bills is to consider installing a water recirculation system to efficiently and quickly deliver hot water to the farthest water fixtures in your home. You may also want to consider upgrading to a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters provide hot water on-demand and significantly reduce heating costs and wait times.

Consider washing water on the warm or cold settings, and make sure you adjust the water level to match the amount of laundry you’re actually washing. You may also want to investigate updating your old machine with an Energy Star rated model, which uses about 25 percent less energy than a traditional washing machine.

Showering accounts for about 17 percent of a home’s water usage. Reducing the length of your shower can save significant amounts of water. For example a ten-minute shower reduced to five minutes can save over ten gallons of water. You may also wish to purchase an EPA WaterSense rated showerhead. These help to reduce the amount of water used in the shower.

About 30 percent of a home’s water consumption comes from toilets flushing. It’s important to check toilets for leaks and fix them immediately. A leaking toilet can lead to 200 gallons of wasted water per day. It’s also advised that you update older toilets with EPA WaterSense products. These use less water per flush.

Are you ready to update your home for water and energy efficiency? Contact us today!

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