Conservation begins at home. Whether you have public water supply or a private well, wasted water affects your household expenses. Many folks forget that water from a private well requires electricity to pump the water to your home; every drop wasted increases your electricity bill.
Tips for Water Conservation
- Detergents – excessive use of detergents, bleach and other household chemicals can kill the natural bacteria necessary for proper operation of a septic system. Only wash full loads of laundry to conserve water and electricity.
- Soaps – opt for biodegradable soaps and detergents when possible to be more environmentally sound.
- Lawn – to prevent wasted water, use a timer that connects directly to the outside faucet for watering lawns and gardens. This eliminates overwatering and waste if you forget to turn off the sprinkler.
- Water Pressure – above 60 pounds per square inch (psi) will cause damage to your pipes, fittings and fixtures. Vancouver Plumbing can determine the pressure of your home’s water and if it exceeds 60 psi, can install a pressure reducing valve (prv) to protect your home’s plumbing.
- Test – during a time when no water is being used (perhaps just before leaving home for work), check your water meter. When your return (8 – 10 hours), check the water meter reading again. If the meter has moved, there may be an undetected water leak in your home. A complete inspection by Vancouver Plumbing is strongly recommended. The experts can locate and repair the leak, regardless how small or large!
- Toilets – consuming over 40% of your home’s total water usage, maintaining every toilet in your home can save substantial amounts of water and money. A faulty flapper valve is easily replaced, and solves many “running” toilet problems.
- Water Heater – the optimum temperature for a water heater is 120°F. Check the setting on your water heater and adjust the thermostat as necessary.
- Shower Head – installing new shower heads can save as much as 7.5 gallons of water per minute. Even with this reduction of use will not affect spray action at either low or high pressures.
- Faucets – one drip per minute can waste as much as 8 gallons per day! Repair any leaky faucets immediately to eliminate waste.
- Dishwasher – only run the dishwasher with full loads to conserve water and electricity.