Water Conservation Tips
Water conservation not only helps the environment, but it can also help you save big bucks. If you have a septic system in your home, perhaps one of the top benefits of conserving water would be the fact that you would be extending the life of of your septic tank and drainfield. Conserving water could help you save thousands of dollars in the future from expensive repairs.
Here are 11 water conservation tips for you to start using.
Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. The average faucet tends to have water flow out at 2.5 gallons per minute. Try turning off the faucet after you wet your brush and fill a cup with water. This way, after brushing, you can use the cup of water to rinse.
Turn off the tap while washing your hands. Try getting into the habit of wetting your hands, then turning the faucet off while scrubbing with soap. Turn the water back on when you’re ready to rinse. This could save you an extra few gallons of water alone.
Install water saving fixtures. Installing faucet aerators, low-flow toilets, efficient shower heads, Water Sense rated dishwashers and washing machines can help you save big on water.
Take shorter showers. Older shower heads can waste up to 5 gallons of water per minute, sometimes more. Start taking shorter showers or install a more efficient water saving shower head to lower the amount of water used.
Collect water while waiting for it to heat up. After you turn on the shower, use a bucket to collect the running water while you wait for the water to heat up. You can then use the collected water for other uses such as water plants.
Keep an eye on your water bill. If you see your water bill suddenly spike, that may indicate that you have a leak somewhere in your home. If you can’t find the leak, call one of our expert plumbers to help get things under control and your water bill back to normal levels.
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Fix leaky faucets. The average household’s leak can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water every year. This can seriously hurt your wallet and your septic system. Make sure you get that leaky faucet fixed or call one of our plumbers at Lapin Services to help you detect and fix those plumbing leaks.
Only wash full loads. Whether it’s the dishwasher or the washing machine, make sure you use them only when there is a full load of dishes or clothes. Doing so can help you save tons on water as well as help extend the life of your septic system.
Washing dishes by hand? Instead of using running water to hand wash your dishes, try filling up the sink with water instead. This limits the amount of water needed to wash the dishes.
Do not use water to defrost food items. Instead, thaw out frozen foods in the refrigerator overnight.
Scrape, rather than rinse. Scrape foods off plates into the trash before loading them into the dishwasher rather than rinsing them in the sink. This not only helps to save water, but it also prevents food waste from entering your septic tank.
Keeping a good eye on your plumbing and using water conservation techniques can help you save big while keeping your septic system healthy. If you’re having leaks that you can’t seem to fix, make sure to give us a call. Saving as much water as possible in your home helps the environment as much as it helps your wallet.
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