There’s nothing new about the global cry to conserve as much water as possible, especially when you realize that only 3% of the world’s water supply is fit for human consumption.
Most US homeowners have taken that challenge to heart, and yet even the most ardent among them can always do a little more.
That’s the purpose of this blog – to demonstrate a few water-saving methods you might not have previously considered. We hope you find them useful.
Cover your pool
If you have a pool, it’s important to remember that water evaporates. If it didn’t, puddles formed by rain would simply stay put. When water evaporates from your pool, you periodically need to top it off, and that wastes water. So, cover it up at night or even more often than you do now.
Hidden toilet leaks
Cracks in a toilet tank can be virtually invisible to the eye, but still be there. Where there’s a crack, there’s a leak. And where there’s a leak, water is being wasted. So, if your water bill is suddenly higher and you don’t understand why, perform a leak test on your toilet – it’s easy. Simply put a drop or two of food coloring in the tank. Wait 15 minutes or so and, if water in the bowl is tinted with that color, the tank is leaking. That’s reason enough to replace the tank.
Is it time to replace your water heater?
By replacing your hot water system for one with a higher efficiency rating, you’ll reduce both your energy and water usage costs. Does it make financial sense to replace a 2-year old system? Of course not. But if yours is 10-12 years old, you’ll save money over time by replacing it now vs. waiting for it to break down for good.
Switch up your landscaping
This may be a longer-term solution, but with less lawn and more garden beds with low-water consumption plants, you can add considerable beauty to your property while enjoying significant water savings.
Switch to a low-flow showerhead
Replace your older showerhead with a low-flow model and you can conserve up to 4 gallons of water per minute! Plus, ask Anthony’s Plumbing about showerhead models that conserve water without reducing water pressure.
At Anthony’s, we have numerous ways to help you conserve water – both hot and cold. Contact us today for more information or to schedule installation of new water saving fixtures.