Saving water is not only good for your wallet, but for the environment as well. Your water habits might not feel wasteful but the average American family wastes 180 gallons of water per week. That’s 9,400 gallons of water annually! Water is a precious resource and anything we can do to minimize the amount of water going down the drain is great, both for the environment and for your wallet. Our plumbers in Savannah want to help you save both water and money so check out these 5 tips to help you get started:
Shower or Bath? If you’re looking to conserve water then a short shower is the best way to go. A typical bath can use up to 70 gallons of water. By comparison, a 10-15 minute shower uses on average between 10-25 gallons. That’s quite a difference!
Turn off the Tap You can maintain a beautiful, healthy smile and conserve water at the same time! Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth might not seem like much but it can save up to 200 gallons of water per month. You can also turn off the tap while shaving and when washing your hands (while lathering) to save even more.
Check for Leaks That small drip from a leaky faucet or showerhead might not seem like much but it could waste up to 20 gallons of water a day. Old and worn faucet washers and gaskets are especially known to cause leaks. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers! A small drip can lead to a big waste.
Test For Toilet Leaks There is always a chance that your toilet might be leaking into the bowl without your knowledge; over time this can add up to major water waste. Good news is there’s a simple test you can use to check! Put a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank, then wait an hour. If you see the color beginning to seep into the bowl then you have a leak.
Keep Your Loads Full If you are washing clothes or running the dishwasher, wait until you have a full load. Running a less than full load of clothes or dishes can lead to substantial amounts of water waste. It also causes more work for you.
Saving water doesn’t have to be difficult! Making these small changes could be great for both the environment and your wallet. If you are interested in more tips and tricks or if you are in need of assistance, contact one of our our 24 hour plumbers in Savannah at 912.373.7707.