We should all be concerned about water conservation and make an effort toward that end. Sometimes it seems that water is a commodity that has an endless supply. However, although our planet is 70% water, it requires considerable energy for wastewater treatment plants to produce water that is safe to consume.
Every single one of us can do more to save water. Even if you don’t live in a dry area, using water more efficiently can have a widespread effect. It not only saves you money on your water bill, it helps save resources used to purify and treat the water we use. It saves energy and decreases air pollution.
Reducing your water usage not only contributes to saving our planet; you’ll also enjoy the additional benefit of saving money on your water bills. This article describes ways you can achieve this objective.
Replace Old Plumbing Fixtures
Modern plumbing fixtures are made to greatly reduce water usage. By replacing your old fixtures, you’ll be saving quite a bit of water and money on your bills. Here are some suggestions to consider.
High-Efficiency Toilets (HET)
Older toilets use about 3 ½ gallons of water every time they flush. By replacing them with high-efficiency toilets, you can save more than two gallons of water per flush. That can add up to over 1,000 gallons of water per year over older toilets, depending on the amount of usage. Look for toilets with the Environmental Protection Agency “water sense” label.
Pressure-Reducing Valves (PRV)
Many homes currently have their water pressure set at 70psi, whereas most homes can function fine with the water pressure at 35psi. Your plumber can install a PRV that will save lots of water and preserve your pipes as well.
Performance Shower Heads
These devices will save as much as 30% of the water that the traditional shower heads use. If you’re concerned about the water pressure difference because of this savings, don’t be. They are designed to function the same as the water-wasting showers and you probably won’t even notice the difference.
Replacing those old faucets with ones that conserve water will also reduce your water consumption by around 30% without sacrificing the water pressure. You’ll use less water washing your hands or rinsing dishes in the sink.
Hot Water Recirculation Pump
These pumps, used for years in hotels, are now available for residential use. They work in conjunction with your current hot water heater to deliver hot water more quickly. By doing so, it eliminates the waste of excess cold water running while waiting for the hot water to kick in.
Other Ways to Save Water
There are additional steps you can take to lower your water usage.
- Use water-saving appliances. Washing machines are the second largest water user in your home. Replacing an old washer with one that’s ENERGY STAR-certified will save up to four times the energy to operate it. Washing machines with a low water factor will use less water as well.
- Plant appropriately. Select landscaping that is right for your climate. They will require less water to maintain. Choose low-water grasses, plants, shrubs, and trees to conserve even more water.
- Pay attention to your irrigation system. If you have an automatic irrigation system, you can waste a lot of water if it runs when it’s not required. Either adjust your irrigation controller regularly or install a WaterSense controller. The latter adjusts the watering based on local weather conditions. Go even further by installing a rain shutoff device, soil moisture sensor, or humidity sensor to further control irrigation.
- Have all water-using devices inspected regularly. Leaks can literally send your money down the drain. Running toilets, dripping faucets, leaking pipes, faulty irrigation systems, and other appliances can waste gallons of water every day. If you’re not completely sure how to determine if they are using water efficiently, call a reputable plumbing company to inspect your home.
- Encourage water conservation practices. There are a few things you and your family can change to conserve water.
- Turn the water off while brushing your teeth
- Take showers instead of baths (and take shorter showers)
- Running the dishwasher and washing machine only when full
- Use lids on pots of boiling water to reduce water loss
Call a Professional Plumber for Advice
If you’re not sure what and how to conserve water in your home, contact a local reputable plumber for guidance. They can install water- and energy-saving appliances and devices that will make your home more efficient and save you money to boot. They can inspect your water heater, pipes, and other water-using appliances for leaks or inefficiencies and replace them, if needed.
Simply Green Plumbing, Sewer & Rooter has been providing the best plumbing solutions for residents in Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Campbell, Cupertino, San Jose, Willow Glen, or the surrounding areas for over 25 years. Let us help you conserve water, save money, and help our planet. With our 100% guarantee, you have nothing to lose and much to gain.