Water conservation is a big topic in California, and it has been since the state existed. There are many ways for homeowners to reduce their water consumption, which will both lower utility bills and benefit the environment.
Unfortunately, there are too many ways to waste water as well. In this post, we are going to shine a light on a few of the major ways your home may be wasting water—either from plumbing issues or the way people in the house use the plumbing. Our Montclair, CA plumbers can help you turn your plumbing system into a more water-saving one, but there are also basic steps you can take to get your water use under control.
The Big Ways Water Goes to Waste in a Home
- Leaky plumbing: Most of the pipes in your house are out of sight, so you may not realize they’re leaking for months or even years—right up to the point where the building damage becomes obvious. Often, unusually high water bills are warning about hidden leaks. We advise you schedule water leak detection with out plumbers to see if you need leaks sealed up.
- Old toilets: A toilet is a durable fixture, so people often assume they won’t need to replace them. But an older toilet can use up to 6 gallons per flush. Even a newer, standard toilet uses around 2 gallons per flush. A low-flow toilet, however, uses only 1.28 gallons per flush. Replacing your old toilets with low-flow ones can help save thousands of gallons a year.
- Old showerheads: Similar situation here to old toilets. The water flow in older showerheads is much higher than low-flow fixtures. An enormous amount of water goes to daily showers, so putting in low flow showerhead can make a difference.
- Overlong showers: Yes, you’ve heard this one before. But it bears repeating because it’s easy to slip into luxuriating in a long shower to relax. Please keep showers under five minutes. Set a timer to hep remind you.
- Not running a full dishwasher load: Contrary to popular belief, dishwashers use less water than washing dishes by hand. But only if the dishwasher is run on a full load. Make sure your dishwasher is full before you run it. We also recommending running the washer on the “light” cycle, which can handle most cleaning needs.
- Unnecessary toilet flushing: Please do not use the toilet as a kind of trashcan you can toss garbage into and flush away. This not only wastes water, it can easily clog up the drain pipes.
Water Saving Experts Are Here to Help
You’re probably already thinking about improvements you can make to your plumbing to improve water conservation. That’s great, and we’d like to help. We are always open for business—reach out to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we’ll see that you get the plumbing updates that will make your home a big-time water saver, not a big-time water spender.