Every year on March 11, World Plumbing Day is recognized around the world. In developing countries, it’s a cry for help. In lands of plenty, like the US, World Plumbing Day is a time to reflect on the relative abundance of water we enjoy, while committing to even an even greater emphasis on water and energy conservation.
In that spirit, Plumbtastic is pleased to present the following ideas for conserving water in your home:
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- When washing dishes by hand, you’ll save a lot of water by filling a pan with sudsy water, washing the dishes and silverware, etc., and then turning the water back on to rinse. Running water the whole time can be extremely wasteful.
- Cut a few minutes off your average shower time. First, use a time for about a week to figure out what your current average is. Then use the same timer to reach your specific goal of a faster shower.
- Tend to leaking faucets or pipes right away, since they’re only going to get worse. Not only will you conserve water, but you’ll also be helping protect your home against water damage.
- Not already using aerators on your faucets? They’re very effective at reducing water consumption without any significant loss of water pressure.
- About once a month, take a reading from your water heater when you know no water will be consumed for at least 2-3 hours. Then, when you check the meter later on, you’ll know you have a hidden water leak somewhere if the reading has changed.
- Make your next toilet a dual-flush model. These have two flush modes: a half flush for liquid waste, and a full flush for solid waste. Even a full flush consumes only 1.3 gallons of water: compare that to 3-5 gallons per flush for the older model toilet you’ll be replacing.
Here at Plumbtastic, we are green plumbing specialists with the products and experience to live just as comfortably and conveniently as you like, and all while making an even greater commitment to water and energy conservation than you already have.