Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, which makes this an ideal time to raise awareness of the importance of conserving water. Reducing your water usage helps ensure that your community has plenty of it available, and it also means you’re doing your part of becoming more eco-friendly to protect the planet's water sources. Use the following water conservation tips to help you save water on a regular basis:
Shut the Faucet Off
Leaving the faucet on when you’re brushing your teeth or washing your hands ends up wasting water. This can add up to a considerable amount when you factor in how often you brush your teeth and wash your hands. While performing these activities, turn the faucet off to save water. You only need it running when you get your hands wet or when you need to rinse your toothbrush. You can brush your teeth or scrub your hands with the faucet off.
Have Leaks Fixed Promptly
Even small plumbing leaks can turn into a major way to waste water in your home. When you find evidence that you have a leak, have it repaired as quickly as possible. You should also keep in mind that minor leaks can become much bigger ones if you leave them alone. Having them repaired promptly means you’re protecting your home from water damage.
Invest in More Efficient Plumbing Fixtures
Switch to low-flow toilets and shower heads that provide more efficiency when it comes to water use. These fixtures are designed to reduce the amount of water used when flushing the toilet or while taking a shower. Having these fixtures installed results in a significant reduction in water use over time.
Run Full Appliances
When you’re running appliances that use water, such as a dishwasher and washing machines, don’t do it unless they’re full. Running these appliances when they’re not full means that you’ll end up having to do more cycles overall. This increases the amount of water your household uses on a regular basis.
Watch Your Water Bill
Your water bill provides you with an excellent way to figure out if you have leaks. If you notice a sudden increase in your bill, this means that you could have a leak somewhere in your home. Check obvious sources of leaks, such as dripping faucets, and have professional plumbers inspect your home for leaks in other areas.
Water Your Lawn and Plants in the Morning
Don’t forget about water usage outside. When you water your lawn or outdoor plants, do so early in the morning. When it’s cooler out, water won’t evaporate as much, which means you need less of it.
If you need leaks fixed or low-flow toilets installed to conserve water, please contact John Baethke & Son Plumbing. We offer reliable plumbing services in the Chicago area.