Water Conservation: Best Practices
Posted on February 23rd, 2015
Water conservation is important — especially here in the Southwest. We at Plumbing Medic are committed to helping our customers save water. In fact, we specialize in products and services that will help you be more environmentally-friendly while also saving you money. Here, we discuss best practices when it comes to water conservation.
1. Pay close attention to your water bill
Notice a spike in your water usage? If so, it’s important to look around your home for what could be causing it. Are there any leaks? Check under every sink, around your showers and baths, and outside fixtures. If you can’t find a leak, call Plumbing Medic for a thorough, 80-point plumbing inspection.
2. Be aware of slab leaks
Slab leaks are all too common here in Arizona. That’s because our plumbing lines tend to run through our house’s slab. Unfortunately, this means that leaks can form within your home’s foundation.
3. Don’t ignore household leaks
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.” If you notice a leak, don’t give it the cold shoulder. Schedule a repair ASAP to save water and cash!
4. Use efficient shower heads and faucets
The EPA also reports that “Tremendous amounts of water and energy are wasted using inefficient faucets and showerheads.” If you’re faucets and showerheads aren’t up to current standards, it’s time for an upgrade! We at Plumbing Medic recommend low flow aerators for sink faucets, which can bring water usage down to 2.5 gallons a minute.
5. Buy a water-saving toilet
You also may want to look into a high-efficiency toilet. The Stealth UHET Dual Flush Ultra High-Efficiency Toilet, for example, only uses .65 gallons of water per flush. Older toilets, on the other hand, can use up to 6 gallons of water every time you flush.
To learn more about water conservation best practices, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s website. You can also reach out to Plumbing Medic with any additional questions.