Water conservation is often discussed during the summer, but our water and energy consumption is still important to consider in the winter. Even though we’re not watering our gardens or turning on the sprinklers this time of year, the average household still goes through an average of 70 gallons of water per day in indoor water use. Not only is water conservation important for the environment—it will also help you to reduce expensive energy bills. Here are just some of the ways that you can contain the water usage in your home this winter.
Winterize Your Pipes
Making sure that your pipes are properly protected against the harsh conditions of winter is one of the most effective ways to conserve water this season. Wrapping and insulating your pipes helps to prevent them for freezing. When pipes freeze, they can burst, which can cause serious leaking and flooding. This leaking and flooding is not only frustrating and damaging to your home—it can also waste a significant amount of water. Prevent leaking and flooding from wasting water in your home by making sure your pipes are properly heated this winter.
Minimize Hot Showers and Baths
It may be tempting in the winter to take multiple hot baths and showers, but it’s a good idea to try to keep these activities to a minimum. Excessive hot baths and showers can waste a significant amount of water, raising your energy bill to new heights. Consider how you can use the water is different ways—for instance, you can set up a bucket in your shower to catch falling water, and then use that water to water plants or flush the toilet. If you can come up with inventive uses for the water from your shower and baths, you can help save water, protect the environment, and lower your energy bill.
Water conservation is important all year round. For more plumbing tips and tricks, and to have your plumbing system inspected, repaired or replaced, contact the professional technicians at ClearView Plumbing today.