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Water Conservation in the Home

March, 29th, 2015

Have you ever wondered how much water you use in your home? If you live in the average household in America, you’re looking at close to 260 gallons per day.Take a look at your water bill and just think – you’re paying for thousands of gallons of water by the end of the month, and not all of it was water you needed. We have a few ideas that might help you feel a little less like you’re watching dollar bills go down the drain.
No one likes to think about it, but toilet use is the main source of water waste in your household. Toilets make up about 30% of indoor water consumption all on their own, so they’re a good place to start conserving. If you live in a home with an older toilet (think before 1992), when the federal government passed regulations that made them more efficient, your toilet could be using 3.5 gallons of water per flush. Consider flushing only when necessary, or you may want to replace that old, inefficient toilet with a newer model. You’ll use less water and in the long term save money on your bills.
Switch out your showerhead! Older showerheads account for a lot of unnecessary water waste. You can replace it quickly and cheaply with a newer, higher-efficiency showerhead and cut your waste by up to 60%. It’s also worth looking into buying cost-effective pre-slit foam insulation to insulate your pipes. Your water will heat up faster, so you’ll save on the time you’re not running the water waiting for it to warm!
When you spill pasta sauce on your brand new T-shirt or maybe your little one has discover exciting new ways to fling food around the room, it can be tempting to just toss in a couple of dirty things into the washing machine rather than waiting until you have enough to fill it up. Washing just a couple of pieces of clothing wastes a lot of water, so make sure you’re only washing full loads!
Instead of rinsing off vegetables and fruits in the kitchen sink in a constant stream of water, try this trick that will both save water and also keep your produce fresh for longer. Fill the bottom of the sink with just a few inches of water. Add in about a ¼ cup of vinegar and let your fruits and veggies soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the water and give everything a very quick rinse – think just a few seconds. It will use much less water and keep your produce fresh and good to use for up to twice as long!
Learn to love native plants. When your lawn and garden use ornamental, exotic species not necessarily made to live in our soil, it can waste thousands of gallons per year trying to keep them watered and green. Look instead into native ornamentals like summersweet, serviceberries, or spicebush to keep up a beautiful garden made for South Carolina. Native plants made for this area have another upside, too – they are often huge draws for pollinating insects like butterflies. Native plants can be found at local nurseries like Southern Heritage Nursery in Greer, SC.
Get regular checkups to ensure everything is working just right. One of the biggest culprits of water waste is simple leaks. If your toilet or pipes are leaking, you could easily be losing hundreds of gallons a year – which means your water bill going up and up and up. The best way to be sure? Regular maintenance checkups!Give us a call (or fill out our super quick online form) and we can have a professional come out and inspect your pipes to make sure everything is up to speed. If you sign up for our Service Partner Plan (or you’re already on it), then you have the peace of mind knowing that we’re already ready to check up on your systems twice per year. All you have to do is make the call and give us a time that will work for your busy schedule.
American households waste a lot of water each year, but they don’t have to. A few simple swaps, tips, and regular maintenance can ensure that your home’s water systems are running at their highest efficiency, letting you know that you’re saving that extra water – and saving money on your monthly bills.
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