How to Decrease Water Usage in your Home

How to Decrease Water Usage in your Home Monday, November 05, 2018

Did you know the average household in the United States uses approximately 100,000 gallons of water per year? That is a lot of water that can easily be conserved if homeowners took the time to practice better habits and install appliances that are more efficient.

Follow our tips and save an average of 30% or more on water usage!

5 daily water consumption habits you can change to make a big impact.

Sometimes it is the littlest things that make the biggest impact, and the same can be said of the water consumption that you can change on a daily basis. Here is a list of 5 habits you can change:

#1 - Check for Leaks

Leaking faucet in the bathroom of a Plant City home.l

Although it may sound like a no-brainer, an undetected leak could be costing you thousands of gallons of water a year as well as hundreds of dollars annually on your water bill. Contact True Plumbers & AC to do a home inspection with non-invasive leak detection equipment.

Small leaks can be easily repaired, while larger leaks can obviously pose more of a problem to your home. If you have to start somewhere with checking water usage in your home, leak detection is a great start!

#2 - Insulate Your Water Pipes

Insulating your hot water pipes with foam insulation can make a major impact on your household savings. The insulation keeps the water hot for longer periods, reducing water waste from homeowners waiting on the water to heat up. Pipe insulation in homes reduces energy and water consumption.

#3 - Use a Pitcher for Drinking Water

Keep a pitcher of drinker water in your fridge to reduce running water until it cools. A pitcher allows you to fill it at any temperature and cool it in the refrigerator. This reduces water waste.

#4 - Utilize Your Dishwasher Properly

Energy saving dishwasher in Winter Haven home.

When homeowners use their dishwashers properly, they actually conserve water. Make sure the dishwasher is full before using it and only run it on water-saving settings. If you have to hand wash dishes, fill one side of the sink with soapy water and the other with clean water to keep from constantly running the faucet.

#5 - Avoid Running Bathroom Faucets Unnecessarily

Keep the water off while you are brushing your teeth and only use it to rinse when you are finished. Fill the sink when you are shaving so you have a spot to rinse the razor without constantly running the faucet unnecessarily.

Upgrade to Appliances That Have Energy Star Ratings & Environmental Protection Agency Water Sense Labels.

Running toilet in Lakeland home that is wasting water.

Not all homeowners have the option for upgrading appliances to conserve water and energy. However, if you get the opportunity to upgrade, be sure to check the labels on your appliances before purchasing them!

Energy Star Rating

Always purchase appliances with Energy Star ratings. This ensures your item is certified to use less energy and water. Make sure to consult your sales associate about Energy Star rated products on the market when selecting your home appliances.

Water Sense Label

The Environmental Protection Agency Water Sense labeled fixtures are intended to help your home use less water. These products, whether you buy faucets or toilets, are certified to use 20% less water on average than other models on the market.

Purchase toilets with the Water Sense label that offer low-flush or dual-flush options. These toilets utilize less than one gallon of water per flush. Invest in water-saving showerheads and prevent thousands of gallons of water waste per year in your household.

Call our professional plumbers to install water-saving fixtures to your plumbing system.

As you can see, by changing your water usage habits and purchasing environmentally conscious appliances for your home, you can save on your water usage. If you are in need of adding a new water-saving fixture to your plumbing system, contact us at (863) 667-6364 and one of our professional plumbers can install it for you to make sure that the job is done the right way.

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