How to Save Water at Home AND Lower Your Water Bill
Numerous approaches exist for conserving water at home and simultaneously reducing water and energy expenses. While some of these methods can be performed independently, others may require assistance from a nearby plumbing business.
1. Have Low-Flow Faucets and Fixtures Installed
Low-flow faucets and fixtures can be installed to reduce water consumption without compromising water pressure.
2. Get a Low-Flush Toilet
Replacing current toilets with low-flush models that consume less water per flush cycle is an option.
3. Upgrade Toilet Handles to Dual Flush Handles
In addition to a new low-flush toilet or for existing toilets that are not replaced, the installation of dual flush handles is possible. These handles provide two flush options – one for liquid waste and the other for solid waste.
4. Put a Bottle Filled with Sand in the Toilet Tank
To decrease the volume of water used during each flush cycle, adjusting the amount of water in the toilet tank is an option. One simple method is to fill an empty water bottle with sand and place it in the tank, ensuring the lid is securely in place.
5. Only Do Full Loads of Dishes and Clothes
Doing partial loads of dishes and clothes results in wastage of water. Waiting until you have a full load is a better option since it reduces water and energy consumption in the long run.
6. Upgrade Appliances to Water-Saving and Energy-Efficient Models
Upgrading to a dishwasher or washing machine with water-saving and energy-efficient features is recommended. Modern appliances have built-in sensors that calculate the necessary water for each cycle, using less water than machines that are five years or older.
7. Change Your Dishwashing Habits
Pre-rinsing dishes before placing them in the dishwasher is unnecessary and can waste water, decreasing the effectiveness of dish detergents. Furthermore, hand-washing dishes should be avoided unless the items are not suitable for dishwashers. Handwashing typically consumes more water than a complete dishwasher cycle.
If a dishwasher is not available, it is recommended to use a washtub that is half the height of the sink rather than filling the sink entirely. Stack the washed dishes on the other side of the sink and only rinse them when the sink is full. It is important to turn off the water when not in use.
8. Repair or Replace Dripping Water Faucets/Fixtures
Repair or replace faucets and fixtures that are dripping slowly. Even a minor drip can lead to wastage of several gallons of water daily.
9. Get a Tankless Hot Water Heater
Tankless hot water heaters remove the necessity of keeping hot water stored and maintained at a fixed temperature. Instead, hot water is supplied instantly on demand, resulting in reduced energy consumption required for heating water.
To discover additional suggestions for conserving water at home, lowering water and energy expenses, and upgrading plumbing equipment such as hot water heaters, faucets, fixtures, toilets, or addressing leaks or other plumbing issues, please contact MET Plumbing & Air Conditioning at 281-603-9949!