Everyone wants to save on the amount of water they use. Yet, in this environmentally conscious age, there are still a surprising number of water-wasting activities many of us participate in which unknowingly impact our utility bill. For the sake of your wallet and the planet, we at C&W Plumbing have put together a list of easy ways to use less water.
1) Install Faucet Water Aerators
A water aerator is a simple and effective way to reduce your water consumption. The aerator is a small device that attaches to your faucet and decreases the output of water while maintaining pressure. As the name indicates, the aerator puts air into the water stream, which also helps prevent splashing. You can attach one to all your faucets, but it’s particularly good for hand washing sinks like in the bathroom.
2) Use Your Dishwasher Wisely
Almost any dishwasher, even an older model, is more water efficient than doing dishes by hand. Don’t let the size of the dishwasher fool you: unlike a washing machine, the dishwasher does not fill up with water. Many new dishwashers even have an energy efficient or speed cycle which will save additional water and energy. Don’t pre-rinse the dishes or run the dishwasher when it isn’t completely full and you’ll increase your savings even more.
3) Go with the Low-Flow
For most showers, an enormous amount of water is used to get a high pressure out of the showerhead. Low-flow showerheads, by contrast, reduce wasted water without draining your wallet. Easy to install, newer showerheads have adapted to provide the same pressure as regular showerheads, so there’s no reason not to switch.
4) Cut Out Unnecessary Usage
Some things we do out of habit, like wash our car or water our lawns, but often those things are unnecessary. Most lawns do fine without regular watering; you may need to spot check them for dry patches but otherwise they’re self-sufficient. The same goes for washing your car–the rain can generally handle it. Another way to cut your water usage is to shower at the gym instead of at home. If you’re already paying for the membership, why not use it fully?
5) Use a Rain Sensor for Plants
Even if you don’t water your lawn, most gardeners will stand by the necessity of watering plants. If you use a sprinkler system on a timer, there’s good news: a rain sensor will automatically detect if it’s raining and prevent your system from turning on. By getting a rain sensor, you never need to worry about overwatering or wasting money on extra water.
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