Your home's plumbing system works like the circulatory system of your body: without a properly functioning plumbing system, you wouldn't have access to fresh cleaning, drinking and cooking water, and you also would not have a way to dispose of waste. However, water usage isn't free. High water bills and environmental concerns are both good motivators to consider reducing your water consumption. Fortunately, there are a few simple things that you can do to reduce the amount of water that you and your family use each month.
One of the simplest and least expensive thing that you can do to reduce your water consumption each month is to make minute, but notable changes in your water consumption habits. For example, you may want to consider holding off on running the dishwasher and laundry machine until they are both completely full and turning the tap off while you are brushing your teeth.
Water Fixture and Appliance Replacement
Another simple thing that you can do to reduce the amount of water that you use each month without consciously thinking about how much water you're using is replacing your water fixtures and taps with low flow alternatives, specifically your toilets, showerheads, and taps – which are some of the biggest water users in your home. Further, you may also want to consider purchasing replacement appliances that are energy efficient: newer models of dishwashers and washing machines not only use less water than their older counterparts, but they also use less electricity, reducing two of your utility bills at once.
Watch for Leaks
While it may not reduce your average water usage each month, you should also keep an eye out for leaks or plumbing issues in your home that may be causing your water consumption to go up significantly. An irregular and marked increase in your monthly water usage can usually be attributed to a hidden leak somewhere in your home. Look out for staining, discoloration, mold growth, peeling paint, and other signs of water damage to locate where the leak is, and contact a plumber to repair the damage. Further, you should also pay attention to your toilets, taps, and other water fixtures to ensure that they are not constantly running or dripping – even a small leak can add up over time. Tightening the faucet, replacing the flush mechanism, and other quick and easy repairs can quickly pay dividends over the course of a month.
For more tips, contact a local plumbing company.