On average, each person uses 80 to 100 gallons of water per day for indoor home uses. That’s a lot of water! And much of that can be avoided. Here’s how you can conserve water each day.
The bathroom is where most of the water usage occurs. We tend to incur a lot of water waste, whether it’s by taking half-hour showers or leaving the water running while we’re brushing our teeth. The average bathroom faucet runs up to two gallons of water a minute, so to conserve water, you can start by shutting off the faucet while brushing your teeth, washing your face, or scrubbing your hands.
You can also install a faucet aerator to restrict excess water flow.
Dripping shower heads are another culprit when it comes to bathroom water waste. A shower that drips just 10 times per minute can translate to 500 gallons of lost water annually. Install a low-flow shower head or start timing your showers. You can cut your daily shower in half if you really think about it.
Rinsing vegetables and washing dishes can contribute to water waste. Don’t just let the faucet run while you’re doing these things. Soak your dishes while you wash, and do the same with your food. Catching leaky faucets and drains quickly will also help you conserve water.
Your lawn and garden are sucking up water at alarming rates. Plants and grass that are not native to the area are not usually drought resistant. Consider installing native gardens, which don’t need as much water as traditional lawns do. Use watering cans instead of sprinklers to control the flow of water in your yard.
You could also install a drip irrigation system or soaker hose system which delivers water right to the base of the plants. As a result, no water is lost to runoff or evaporation. Plus, you can set them on timers to further regulate water usage.
Get a Plumbing Safety Inspection
The best way to know how much water you’re using and wasting is to get a professional plumbing inspection. During this inspection, a plumber will take a look at all components of your system to determine if there are any issues that should be addressed.
To see how you can conserve water, your plumbers will check the water pressure to ensure it’s at an acceptable rate. They will also look at your plumbing insulation to see how well of a job it’s doing at keeping your water warm. They will find leaks, if any, during this process and then address them.
Contact L&P Plumbing LLC
If you need help determining how you can conserve water and energy in your home, contact us at 512-768-6973 for a free quote. We can connect you with energy-saving appliances such as tankless water heaters that can save you money and water.