Easy Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home
Making it a point to conserve water will lower your utility bills and save this natural resource. It’s not difficult to use less by maintaining your plumbing fixtures, which also prevents water damage to your home. It’s also easy to establish habits around the house that promote water conservation.
Fix leaks — The easiest way to cut water consumption is to inspect each of your home’s faucets and shower heads for leaks. Unchecked, dripping faucets can waste thousands of gallons of water, and if it’s coming from a hot water faucet, the constant drip also raises your energy bills. Periodically look below the sinks to inspect the pipes. Look for dampness, mold, or warped cabinet bases.
Check your toilet tank — Add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank to see if it’s leaking. If so, it may need a tank replacement kit, available at hardware stores and home centers. Pipe leaks are harder to spot, but if you notice any signs of seepage around pipes, it’s best to call a plumbing professional. Unchecked, the pipe could rupture and cause significant damage.
Upgrade faucets — The EPA’s WaterSense program helps you identify the plumbing fixtures that will conserve water most efficiently. When it’s time to change the fixtures, look for the WaterSense label and logo. If your fixtures don’t need replacement, look for inexpensive WaterSense aerators that will fit most standard faucets and shower heads.
Use less — Match the water setting to the load size when doing laundry. Run only full loads in the dishwasher, and instead of rinsing dishes, soak them. If you drink tap water, fill a pitcher to keep in the refrigerator instead of running the faucet until it’s cold.
Taking simple steps to conserve water protects your home from water damage and instills lifelong habits to protect this resource.
Our goal at Sobieski Services, Inc. is to help customers in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey to learn more about home comfort and energy, especially with HVAC and plumbing issues, to save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.