Conserve Water and Save Some Green!
Keeping up with bills can be a chore at the best of times, but when things get tight, homeowners look for opportunities to reduce their monthly costs. At times like these, everyone can make some changes around the home that save money and are good for the environment. Saving money on water bills is a great place to make budget cuts. Here are ways to conserve water and reduce water bills just in time to save some green for St. Patrick’s Day.
Shut Off the Water When Possible
Using water from a faucet and shower is so commonplace that people rarely think about how much water they are using. This leads to some bad habits. However, a lot of water can be saved by changing these habits. Some of the most easily-changed practices that can make a difference in water bills are:
- Turning off the shower while shaving, soaping, and scrubbing
- Shutting off the tap while brushing teeth
- Only running the dishwasher or washing machine when they are full
- Turning off the faucet between rinsing while hand-washing dishes in the kitchen sink
Another way to save significant amounts of water is by installing new water-saving plumbing fixtures and appliances. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), households can use at least 20 percent less water by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances.
Several appliances are the biggest water-wasters in every home, including toilets, faucets, and showerheads. This makes sense since they are the most used plumbing in the house. However, water-saving models of all these fixtures are available, and they each use much less water than their conventional counterparts, leading to big savings on the water bill.
Prevent Toilet Clogs
Toilets are the biggest culprit of water use, and there are a couple of ways that they waste water. Of course, they use water each time they flush. However, a toilet also wastes water when it clogs. Toilet clogs cause people to flush multiple times to get the mess down the drain. Each flush wastes valuable gallons of water that otherwise wouldn’t be used, and constantly running toilets raise water bills too.
The best way to avoid this waste is to prevent toilet clogs, and the best way to prevent toilet clogs is to stop the wrong stuff from going down the drain. The only thing that should get flushed is toilet paper, and everything else should get thrown away. Instead of flushing, always discard these items in the garbage:
- Feminine hygiene products
- Paper towels and tissues
- Wipes (even ones labeled flushable)
- Cotton balls
About Lodder Brothers Limited
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