5 Green Plumbing Repair and Water Conservation Tips to Celebrate Earth Day
Committed to going green and making environmentally conscious choices this Earth Month? We’ve got ya covered. Here are five simple plumbing repair and conservation tips to help you save water and expenses throughout April and all year long.
1. Inspect Your Bill
According to the EPA, the average American family of four uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home. About 70 percent of this occurs indoors from the toilet (24%), shower (20%), faucets (19%), clothes washer (17%), leaks (12%), other (8%). An easy way to understand your water use and make changes is to look at you water bill. Once you have an understanding of how much you use, you can start making changes…drop by drop.
2. Shut off Running Water
Bad habits are hard to break, so consider a little post-it reminder by the sink to encourage the whole family to take action. Whenever possible, turn off running water when you’re brushing your teeth, shaving and washing dishes.
3. Install Low Flow
Toilets account for about 30 percent of water usage in the average US home. Low-flow toilets and shower heads can significantly decrease that number; using anywhere from 60-80 percent less water than a typical toilet…all without sacrificing an ounce of quality. This mini makeover not only means major environmental benefits, but it also means major benefits for your pocketbook! Spend less on the same quality performance and feel good about making a positive impact for the planet at the same time.
4. Choose Eco-Mode
Most water guzzling appliances like washing machines and dishwashers have a built-in eco-mode that will help you save water and electricity. Experiment with it for the month to see how much you can save and what situations are best for that setting. Upgrading your equipment can save even more. For example, old top-loading washing machines typically use around 40 gallons per load while most water efficient front loaders use only around 12.
5. Schedule Plumbing Repairs and Fix Leaks
Drip, drip, drip. Small household leaks can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water every year… that’s money literally down the drain. One of the best ways to make your home eco-friendly is to schedule plumbing repairs and fix leaks in your home. Picture this:
- 10 drips per minute wastes 500 gallons per year= 11 bathtubs of water
- 1 drip per second wastes 3,000 gallons per year= 66 bathtubs of water
- 1 constantly running toilet wastes 72,800 gallons per year= 1,617 bathtubs of water or over 4 backyard pools of water!
If you see a drip in a faucet or hear the toilet running mysteriously, you can see why it’s so important to schedule a plumbing maintenance appointment with your Brown’s plumbing professional.
Water Savings from a Simple Plumbing Repair
Want to learn more about plumbing repair or other eco-friendly solutions? Find out more great water saving tips on our blog. Contact the plumbing experts at Brown’s Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing for all your heating, cooling and plumbing-related needs.