Are Your Faucets Ready For 2016?
Monday, January 11, 2016 - 2:12pm
Making New Year’s resolutions is a popular activity this time of
year. Now is the time when people look back over the previous year and
identify areas that could be improved on.
Some people resolve to get a new job in the New Year, and take their career
in a different direction. Others choose to eat better, exercise more,
and cut back on alcohol or tobacco.
Whatever your New Year’s resolution is, an important part of sticking
with it is making it practical. Something that everyone should resolve
to improve in the coming year is the water-efficiency of their home.
To make this resolution practical for you and your family, here are some
tips that you can implement at home:
- Check the faucets and fixtures around your home to make sure nothing is
leaking. This includes showerheads, sink faucets, and toilets. In fact,
your toilet uses more than six gallons of water each time that it is flushed,
and can waste even more than that if it is leaking. A dripping faucet
can waste more than 2,500 gallons of water each year that it goes unfixed.
- Pay attention to your water bill. Take a look at the last year’s
bills and check to see if there was any kind of spike in water usage during
any one month. Think back to what activities you did that month, and be
mindful of that if it is reoccurring event each year. For instance, filling
a swimming pool during the summer months.
- If your plumbing hasn’t been inspected in a while, this would be
a good time to do that. Contact your plumber and schedule a maintenance
appointment to have your plumbing system looked at. These are great appointment
for identifying any areas that might have cracked or missing sealant,
joints that are leaking or not connected properly, etc. Finding these
problems sooner than later is the key to making sure they don’t
escalate to a full-blown plumbing disaster.
If you and your family are in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions,
make water conservation one that you can all do together. Talk to your
family about not using the toilet to flush a strand of dental floss or
a single q-tip, and make sure everyone knows to turn the water off while
they are brushing their teeth. Just these two behavior changes can save
more than 5,000 gallons of water per year.