How You Can Save Water at Home

iStock_000012179584LargeAll water-saving measures help lower your monthly water utility bills, although this is not the only benefit you get by doing them. Conserving water also helps to make your septic system live longer by reducing the pollution and saturation of soil occurring due to leaks. In addition, overloaded sewage systems cause sewage that has not been treated to head into nearby rivers and lakes, polluting them.

Saving water, despite being easy, requires a long-term commitment by everyone in the household. But after a long time, the benefits will definitely be reaped. Here are some water-saving tips you should follow:

1. Find leaks in pipes and taps and make sure to have them fixed by a plumber in your area right away. Even small drips from a worn-out tap can accumulate until you have several gallons of water.

2. Do not use the toilet as your rubbish bin. Flushing solids down the toilet forces it to unleash seven gallons of water to get it down there.

3. Check toilets for any leaks. You can check leaks in toilets by adding food colouring in the tank. If, within a short time, the food colouring shows in the bowl, there is a high likelihood that there is a leak in the toilet, one that needs to be fixed right away. Many replacement parts for toilets do not cost much and can be installed without taking too much time.

4. Install tap aerators and shower heads that have water-saving features. Water-saving shower heads are not that expensive and do not require a lot of time to install. Often, these make use of less than three gallons of water a minute, drastically cutting down how much water you use. To add, tap aerators also help in reducing how much water you use as well as unnecessary water expenditure.

5. Switch off water after putting soap on your hands and dishes. This way, you do not consume a lot of water for a minor task requiring the use of water.

6. Use both the washing machine and dishwasher for full loads, as this practice results in a lot of water being saved. Another great idea is avoiding the permanent press cycle when it comes to washing clothing, as this makes use of five more gallons of water. Also, it helps to get newer models of clothes washers, as they make use of less water and, of course, energy for each load.

These are the basics of saving water. For more tips on saving water, ask your friendly neighbourhood plumber.