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How to Improve Your Home’s Water Efficiency Fast


We could all stand to save more water. While it’s excellent for the planet, it can also be a blessing for your wallet. If you want to save money on your water bill month-to-month and start as quickly as possible, there are a few things you can do.

There’s a lot that you can do, but there’s no replacement for plumbing service in Ontario, CA carried out by a professional plumber. Some of these options are more involved than others, so it’s important to weigh your comfort with each method against hiring a professional. Let’s get into the list.

Upgrade Your Faucets and Showerheads

Inefficient shower heads use more water than they should, resulting in water waste that doesn’t even hit your body and goes straight down the drain.

Upgraded fixtures allow you to concentrate the flow of water to clean yourself quickly while also reducing the volume of water exiting the shower head. Shorter showers with less water used minute-to-minute result in savings you can measure every single day.

For faucets, many fixtures can reduce water consumption by gallons per minute without noticeably negatively impacting the results of how you use faucet water, whether that’s for washing your hands or cleaning the dishes.

These upgrades seem small, but go a long way to save you thousands of gallons worth of water per year.

Replace Your Toilet

Yes, there are even more water-efficient toilets that you can install in your home. Some toilets use less water to flush, or vacuum-assisted flushing mechanisms that don’t force water to do all the work. When you think about how many times you flush your toilet each year (multiplied by the number of people in your home), the water adds up quickly.

Only Run Your Washer or Dishwasher When it’s Full

It’s tempting to run a half-filled dishwasher so your plates don’t sit there, but it’s terrible for your water efficiency. You should only run it when it’s completely full.

The same can be said for your washing machine. Nobody wants stinky clothes sitting around for longer than they need to, but it goes a long way in reducing the total number of cycles your washing machine goes through each year.

Don’t Waste Purge Water

We’re all guilty of running the faucet and letting the cold water from the line purge so we can use hot water, but did you ever stop to think about how much water you’re actually wasting when you do that?

Use a bucket or container and save the cold water that comes out of the line. You can use this to filter for drinking water, water your plants, or for general cleaning around your home. Seeing just how much water comes out of the line before things warm up is eye-opening.

Build Better Water Efficiency Habits Now

Spending time to create these better habits and upgrade your gear will continuously save you money. It can be difficult to form better water usage habits, but eventually, it will become second nature. If you plan on installing more water-efficient faucets, showerheads, or toilets, give us a call.

Contact Sweetwater Plumbing today for a plumbing service tune-up for your whole home. We don’t charge by the hour, We charge by the job!

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