What can you do in your home to conserve water?
This week we celebrated World Water Day, so there is no better time to talk about water conservation. Choosing to conserve water affects everyone, it has great impacts to our planet and also to your own household.
Why should you conserve water?
The most obvious reason to choose to conserve water in your home is to save money. For those of you that are on city water you pay for every drop that comes out of your tap, using less water means saving more money. For people on well water the constant use of water causes wear and tear on your well pump, therefore, shortening its lifespan.
There are greater implications for the planet as well when you choose to conserve water. Water is a finite natural resource, there is not an endless supply for us, as humans, to use as we desire. The majority of the world is covered in water but only a small percentage of that is suitable for human consumption. We need to do what we can to protect and reduce how much of it we are using. There are several products and small changes we can make that can help us in our efforts to conserve. Let’s talk about the different areas of your house where you can make these changes:
A low flow toilet will save you water by using less water for every flush. Regular flow toilets can use up to 13 litres per flush, whereas a low flow toilet uses only 4.8 litres per flush. That is saving you a whole lot of water every single day. Another part of your toilet that you should ensure check is the flapper. If it is not working properly water will keep draining out of your toilet.
Low flow showerheads can greatly reduce the litres per minute you use in the shower. A regular showerhead can use up to 34 litres per minute, whereas a low flow showerhead can use as little as 1.25 litres per minute. There is also a valve you can install to turn off the water directly at the showerhead without affecting the temperature of the water. This would allow you to stop the flow of water while soaping up and then quickly have it come back on when you are ready. These small changes can make a very big difference.
Leaking faucets are the biggest culprit for wasting water in people’s homes. Depending on how slow or fast of a drip, it could waste thousands of gallons of water per year. This is a problem that could be avoided by replacing taps as soon as you notice any leaks. Older taps likely are not low flow taps so replacing these are a great place to start.
These are the easiest places to start when you are thinking about how to conserve water at home. If you want more information on any of these products or if you have other plumbing related questions, feel free to give our knowledgeable team a call to help you out.
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