Simple Steps that can help you lessen Water Consumption at Home

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Blog Highlights:

  • Scientists say that fresh water only makes up 0.5% of the worlds water.
  • Saving water can help you save money and can also give your family a more sustainable way of life.
  • The toilet consumes as much as 27% of your household’s daily water use.
  • You can use food dye so you can detect leaks on the toilet more easily.
  • Fixing faucet leaks or placing aerators can help minimize your water consumption.
  • Using the washing machine only when you have a full load can also help you cut back your water bill.

Saving water can help you save money and it can also help save our environment.

Scientists say that only 0.5% of the world’s water is made up of fresh water. The Environmental Protection Agency also states that the average American household with four occupants can use as much as 400 gallons of water per day. Most of this water is being used indoors.

By being smart and by using the right techniques, you can actually save money on your utility bills and you can also give your family a more sustainable way of life.  Here are a few easy ways that can help you conserve household water use without making drastic changes in your lifestyle:

The Toilet

Toilets can consume a much as 27% of your household’s daily water consumption. By fixing or replacing leaky toilets, each household can save as much as 200 gallons per day. Here’s how you can tell that your toilet is leaking:

  • It will not flush unless you hold the handle down so you can fully empty its tank
  • The toilet keeps on running for a long time after flushing
  • The handle needs to be constantly adjusted so that the toilet will stop running
  • The toilet makes a sound after flushing

Toilet leaks can sometimes be difficult to detect. If you want a more thorough approach, you can flush the toilet and then remove the tank cover. Add a teaspoon of food coloring and do not flush the toilet. Wait for an hour and check your toilet bowl afterwards for any coloration.  Coloration will tell you that a leak is present between the tank and the bowl. You need to contact your plumber so you can have your toilet fixed or replaced right away.

The Faucet

Here’s how you can cut back on your water consumption through faucets:

  • You need to turn off your tap while you brush your teeth. Households that do so are able to save as much as 200 gallons of water each month.
  • Aerators can be used to control the flow of water. You can screw a low-flow aerator into your faucet’s spout so you can lessen the daily water consumption of your whole family.
  • Fixing a dripping faucet does not have to be expensive. Sometimes, all it needs is a new washer.
  • There is no need to keep your faucet running until it is cold enough to drink. You can store a pitcher of filtered water in the fridge so you can have a glass of cold water anytime.

The Washing machine

Replace your old washing machine with a modern one that has a high efficiency rating. Today’s washing machines only use half the water that many of the older models consume. Use the washing machine only when you have a full load. A cold load also uses less energy since a hot one will require that the water be heated first.

The Shower head

Replace old, leaky shower heads with ones that are water efficient. You can also opt to use low-flow shower heads to conserve water.

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