Five Easy Ways to Cut Water Usage
In today’s world, it’s important to conserve natural resources. One of the biggest concerns involves water usage, which in many Little Rock homes can result in great savings month after month.
However, to get the most out of these potential savings, it’s important to know the best possible ways to make a home more efficient in its water usage. The good news is that by making some rather simple changes, some homes can see their water usage reduced by up to 50 percent.
New Toilets and Washing Machines
As today’s appliances have become much more efficient, some of the biggest improvements have come in toilets and washing machines. For example, while many homes have toilets made prior to 1993 that use as much as 3.5 gallons of water per flush, today’s much more efficient models use between 1.2-1.6 gallons per flush. And along with toilets, washing machines have also been made to be much more efficient. High-efficiency machines use less water per load, and are made to handle larger loads of laundry. In addition to this, people can save even more water by only doing their laundry when they have a full load to wash.
Don’t Take a Bath
No, we’re not advocating saying no to proper hygiene. Instead, you can save far more water by taking a shower rather than taking a bath. According to plumbers, a shower can save anywhere from 1-4 gallons of water over taking a bath. To get the most out of the shower, it’s best to limit it to no more than 5-8 minutes. For those Little Rock homeowners wanting to do even more, installing a low-flow shower head can also save several gallons of water per shower.
Sinks and Leaks
When people stand at a sink and shave or brush their teeth, they often turn on the faucet and leave it running. However, if you’re wanting to save water, that is a mistake. By leaving the water running, as much as 3.5 gallons of water will be used per minute.
However, by only turning on the water when needed, such as when rinsing the toothbrush or razor, as much as two gallons of water can be saved each time. In some cases, the sink may also have a leak or two, which also results in wasted water. By replacing an aging faucet with a new, efficient model, water bills can be reduced by up to 30 percent.
Put savings in your pocket this month by cutting the water usage in your Little Rock, AR home. Call Arrow Plumbing today at (501) 753-3838, and see how much you can save this month.