Today most homeowners are attempting to conserve as much energy and natural resources as possible. Conserving water is an area which is very important as well. There are many ways in which homeowners can save on their water and electric bills. There are three main areas in a home where water is used: bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Here are a few tips that can help homeowners conserve water and keep more money in their pocket at the same time.
Changes in the Bathroom
The bathroom can be an area of the home where lots of water can be wasted if homeowners are not very conscientious about conservation. Here are a few things that can be done in this room to help conserve water:
- Repair leaky faucets
- Install toilet flapper valve
- Replace shower heads with water saving options
These may seem like small or insignificant fixes but over time each of them can really add up. For instance, a shower head which conserves water can save nearly 8 gallons of water per minute. Leaky faucets can waste over 8 gallons per day – which is 3000 gallons in a year.
Water System Checks
It’s important to check all the essential elements in your water system on a regular basis. Make sure that the overall water pressure never exceeds 60 pounds per square inch or it can damage the plumbing system as well as use excessive amounts of water. Your water meter needs to be checked during a time that there is no water being used. For instance, check it before you leave for work and as soon as you get home. No water should have been used during this time and if the meter has moved there may be a water leak that needs the attention of a plumber. Check the temperature setting on your hot water heater. It should be set at 120 degrees or lower depending on the particular model.
There are also a few general water conservation tips for homeowners who want to help protect the environment. Here are a few of them:
- Use detergents and soaps which are biodegradable
- Do not over-use detergents, chemicals or bleach as they can kill natural bacteria in a septic system
- Avoid over watering a lawn and use a spring loaded timer
Observing these tips will help with conservation efforts.