One thing you can always say about water conservation: there’s never a bad time to make it a habit. Okay, there’s one more thing you can say about it: you can always try a little harder. For the sake of our eco-system, and to help keep your water bills in check.

Now that we’ve said a mouthful (pun intended), let’s examine a few specific water-saving tips well worth practicing at home by all family members:

 1. Take shorter showers. Long, hot showers are one of life’s true guilty pleasures, but for every such pleasure, there’s a price to be paid. In this case, the price is wasted water and energy.

 2. Install water efficient fixtures, like a low-flow showerhead and aerated faucets. A low-flow showerhead can cut water usage by up to 50%. Motion sensor faucets help save water, too.

 3. Washing dark clothes in cold water saves both water and energy and helps prevent colors from fading.

 4. Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket. Ask your children and guests to abide by the same rule.

 5. Prevent your pipes from cracking and bursting by wrapping them in foam insulation. That goes for all pipes in your garage and any other unheated spaces.

 6. Harvest your excess water. Put a large bucket under the shower while the water heats up, and later use that water for your plants, household cleaning and other productive uses.

 7. Fix those leaky faucets. Even a slow-dripping faucet can waste more than 5,000 gallons of water per year – water you pay for but never use.

 8. Use your dishwasher and washing machine only to run full loads. Or, if that’s not practical, change the settings to suit the load.

Here’s another tip for water conservation and overall improved plumbing performance: contact Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a whole-house plumbing inspection. Following our inspection, we can recommend additional ways to conserve water without sacrificing needed comfort and convenience. You’ll be amazed at how many solutions we have available.