We use water for a number of reasons around the house, including cleaning, cooking and bathing. In fact, the overconsumption of water is starting to become a serious environmental crisis. Not only does water conservation help the environment, it also helps you to cut down on expensive utility bills. Here are just a few of the biggest home water wasters and how your household can avoid them.
Dishes—Hand Soaked or Dish Washed?
Many people disagree about whether or not dishwashing is more energy efficient than hand washing. At one point in time, it took roughly the same amount of water to wash your dishes by hand or by machine. These days, energy efficient dishwashers are able to use water more sparingly, making them an eco-friendly alternative. However, you can still conserve water while hand washing your dishes, as long as you don’t leave your faucet running as you scrape off stuck-on food and tough stains.
Trigger Happy Flush
Waste disposal is a significant modern convenience, so by all means flush away! However, toilets should only be flushed to get rid of our waste—otherwise, water is being used for no reason. Many people flush multiple times after doing their business, which also wastes significant amounts of water. Flushing menstruation products, shaving materials, paper towels, and other bathroom paraphernalia is also a waste of water that can lead to serious clogs.
Many homes have lawn sprinklers installed that spray the front grass with water when needed. While convenient, these sprinklers often use much more water than necessary. Lawn sprinklers are not only a potential waste of water—they also run the risk of overwatering you garden, which can prevent your plants from growing. Watering your garden the old fashioned way—with a hose or garden can—may take a bit more effort, but it’ll be worth the amount of water you’ll save.
Water is a precious resource and it’s important that every household do its part to help conserve water and protect the environment. For more plumbing advice, and to learn all about our comprehensive plumbing repair and maintenance services, contact us today at ClearView Plumbing.