How to Conserve Water During the Summer Months
As the summer heat sets in, there are 3 major tips and tricks to save money on your water bill.
It’s officially summer in Texas, which means crazy heat, lemonade stands, dripping sweat, and high utility bills. Texas is famous for its summer droughts, and water conservation is an important topic these days anyways. At Total Plumbing, we’re all about finding ways to save you money and help you to be more sustainable.
Here are 3 simple ways to conserve water during the summer months and save the earth a little bit at a time:
Make switches in your kitchen and laundry room
You might only think of the bathroom and shower when it comes to water in your home, but the biggest culprit when it comes to wasting water is often in your kitchen or laundry room. Whether you’re washing clothes or scrubbing dishes, your water usage is often highest in those areas of the home.
One of the most simple and efficient ways to lower your carbon footprint is to consider investing in Energy Star appliances. When it comes to water, focusing on upgrading your dishwasher and washing machine is where you’ll find the biggest bang for your buck. A lot of newer dishwashers and washing machines are designed to be considerably more efficient with their water usage, which can make a huge difference. Another easy way to limit water flow is by installing an aerator on your faucet, which can slow down flow speed.
Keep an eye on every leak and drip
Seemingly small leaks and drips can quickly turn into a huge, huge issue for your house AND for your pocketbook. They’re also a big waste of water. Though a drip may seem inconsequential in the big scheme of things, leaking and dripping water usually takes up a much more significant volume than you might think. When we say significant, think upwards of 10-15 gallons in wasted water a day.
Call the Total Plumbing team the second that you notice a leak or a dripping faucet to make sure that you’re getting ahead of any possible issues. It’s also a great idea to have a plumber check out your pipes to spot any inevitable problems.
Look for simple fixes to conserve
Since such seemingly small problems can cause big results when it comes to water usage, making simple fixes can make a massive difference. By thinking thoughtfully about your water usage, conserving water really becomes second nature. Here are some simple fixes that will help you to conserve water this Texas summer:
- Turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving
- Limit shower time to ten minutes or less
- Upgrade to a low-flow toilet that conserves water per flush
- Install a water-saving shower-head
- Only run your washing machines and dishwashers with completely full loads
- Choose quick wash settings on your washing machines and dishwashers
- Reuse water used to wash things like vegetables to water your plants
- Take sprinklers off of the automatic setting, and only water when necessary
- Compost food instead of using your garbage disposal
- Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater for reuse outdoors
When it really comes down to it, water conservation can be easy with small fixes and switches in your day-to-day life. If you’re wanting to hone in on your water conservation strategy, contact a plumber like Total Plumbing for a little extra help. However, with some focus, you can be on the way to a smaller carbon footprint, a lower water bill, and a more efficient water consumption level in no time at all.