We can all think of many reasons to reduce our home water usage. It saves money, it’s good for the environment, and it puts less of a strain on our well or municipal water source. In the case of hot water usage, there’s the double hit to your water bill and your water heating bill. So if you’re looking for ways to reduce your home’s water use, start with these four areas of your home:
- Kitchen — Run your dishwasher only when it’s full, or use ‘economy’ or ‘half load’ settings for partial loads. If you hand wash, don’t leave the water running constantly, but instead, rinse after you’re finished washing all your dishes. Water used for cooking vegetables and boiling pasta can also be reused to water your plants and flowers.
- Bathroom — Install economical low-flow shower heads and avoid taking baths. You should also avoid running the water while you’re brushing your teeth. Placing a brick in the tank of your toilet can reduce the amount of water per flush, while modern toilets are designed to use less water.
- Laundry — Your washing machine represents a large portion of your home’s water consumption. As with your dishwasher, try to run full loads on economic cycle and smaller loads on reduced-water settings. Pre-treating your clothes with stain remover or pre-wash will help you choose a shorter wash cycle. Don’t overdo it on the soap, though — you’ll need to re-rinse if you use too much.
- Outdoors — Watering your lawn and garden after the sun goes down saves water, since less of it will evaporate. Water your plants and tress close to their base so the roots soak up more water. Avoid washing your car at home, especially since carwashes can filter and recycle water. You should also consider covering your pool and ponds when you’re not enjoying them to minimize evaporation.
Save Money and Reduce Water Use
As you can see, there are many simple ways to reduce your home’s water use. Turning down your hot water heater a couple degrees, taking shorter showers, and using laundry soap that works in cold water will help you use less water and save more money on your hot water bill.
At Mr. Rooter, our team is full of licensed plumbers who are certified by Onondaga County for plumbing leak detection or any plumbing-related project. What are some of your ideas for reducing your home water usage? Let us know how your family manages their water consumption, and we’ll be sure to pass along your tricks and tips to our customers.