Water. It’s an important resource, one that has been arguably misused over the years. Doing your part to conserve water can be more than just a way to reduce your global footprint—it can help you save serious money on your water bills every month. Take a look at some of the top water saving tips we’ve compiled for you to implement in your own home to put some green back in your pocket.
Saving Water in the Kitchen
- Minimize dishwasher use: Your dishwasher can cut down on the time you spend scrubbing dishes, but it can also use a lot of water each load. That’s why you should ensure the dishwasher is completely full before running it. If you want to buy a new machine, select and efficient ENERGY STAR qualified machine. You can save money on your water bill and your electricity bill.
- Hand-wash dishes in a bucket: Use a large bucket or bowl to wash your dishes in so that you don’t fill the whole sink with water. This will give you enough water to clean the dishes without the excess waste.
- Put cooking water to good use: About to pour that water you soaked the vegetables in down the drain? Don’t! Instead, use it to give your indoor plants a drink or even water your outdoor garden with it.
Laundry Room Water Conservation
- Hand wash clothes in a basin: Have a few delicates to work through? Instead of filling up the whole sink, follow the same strategy used for hand washing dishes and grab a bucket or large bowl to minimize your water waste.
- Get a new washing machine hose. One of the most common causes of indoor flooding is a burst laundry room hose. Every time your washing machine shuts off, it sends a water hammer or shock through your pipes, weakening and damaging the rubber hose over time. By upgrading your hose, you can save on water bills—and avoid plumbing repairs and property damage.
Water-Saving Tips for the Bathroom
- Opt for low flow shower heads: This conservation step alone can save you anywhere between 35 to 60 percent on your water bills according to statistics. You can also update with a shower aerator.
- Save water every time you flush: Place a full 20 oz water bottle in your toilet tank. The bottle will displace the water in your tank, which will cause less to be used in each flush. This can save you 20 ounces of water with every flush. That can add up throughout the month!
- Get a new toilet flapper: If you have an older flapper, upgrade to an adjustable one. This can save you as much as 3 gallons of water a flush, which can add up quickly over time. Consider replacing your flapper about once a year.
Taking Care of Your Home & the Environment
Water conservation is about more than just cutting back on your water bills every month. Mr. Rooter Plumbing wants to partner with you to conserve our world’s resources and better protect our natural environments. By taking these small plumbing steps, you can do your part in making your home more efficient. Time to schedule a plumbing check-up or inspection? Give our team a call.