If you’re like most Americans, your home uses too much water. Excess water usage threatens the ecosystem and costs you money. Home water conservation is a practical thing to do and can mean real savings on your monthly water bill.
How Do You Save with Home Water Conservation?
When you’re buying new appliances and accessories, look for the words “high efficiency.” This means that the equipment is designed to keep wasted water to a minimum. If you install low-flow showerheads and toilets, you can significantly reduce your water usage. Look for the EPA’s WaterSense label, which can save you a third of a gallon or more of water on a single toilet flush. A new showerhead can save you a half-gallon of water per minute, which can translate into hundreds of gallons saved per month.
For even more savings, look at replacing your dishwasher and washing machine and improving your water heater. Newer models of dishwashers offer options to cancel the pre-rinse cycle or shorten the overall washing period. When you want to replace your clothes washer, select a front-loading model that has settings for varying levels. Your water heater can probably also stand to be more efficient as well. Install a recirculating pump and consider putting your heater on a timer. This saves you waiting for the water to warm up and can result in dozens of gallons of saved water every month.
What About Outside?
To maximize home water conservation outside, invest in a rain barrel and place it under your downspout. This can provide up to 1,300 gallons over the summer and is perfectly safe to use on your lawn and garden. This simple adjustment can save you up to 40 percent of your home’s water consumption throughout the season.
When you have questions about home water conservation or other needs, contact us at Victory · Heating · Air Conditioning · Plumbing. Our experts are proud to serve Middlesex and Norfolk counties.
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