Clean water is one of the most precious resources on the planet, but it’s easy to forget that when you can simply turn on the faucet and receive it immediately. The U.S. EPA estimates that average American household uses over 400 gallons of water per day —enough to fill a small Type 1 fire truck. Cutting down on water consumption will not only help the environment, but it will also save you some money on water utilities. Take a look at these tips for keeping your home plumbing working efficiently:
Install Energy-Efficient Appliances
As much as three-quarters of the indoor water use goes to the bathroom, so any conservation measures should start there. Conserving water can be as simple as brushing and shaving in the sink, turning off the faucet while your brush, or even installing a low-flow showerhead or aerated faucet. Installing ENERGY STAR and WaterSense labeled appliances such as the dishwasher and clothes washer can help you save even more on utilities.
Stay Up-to-Date on Repairs
Don’t underestimate the impact of plumbing leaks . A dripping faucet may seem like a mere annoyance, but it can waste up to 20 gallons per day. Leaky toilets are by far one of the biggest household water wasters since they can waste up 90,000 gallons of water in a month—enough to fill approximately ten tank trucks.
Avoid putting water down the drain whenever possible. So-called “grey water”—used water from sinks and other appliances—can often be reused outside or with other appliances. For example, the Aqus system allows sink grey water to be reused in the toilet, saving an average of two gallons per flush in newer toilets. Check your local city codes to determine if you can recycle grey water outdoors.
When you’re in need of plumbing repair, replacement, or installation services in the northern Virginia area, All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington is here to provide award-winning customer care. Just call (703) 525-7973 today to schedule your service appointment .