WATER BY HAND
Consider watering by hand if you have a small enough area. Households that water by hand typically use about 33% less water than households with sprinkler systems or irrigation systems. The same holds true to your garden, if at all possible, water those veggies by hand.
COVER THE POOL
Pool covers are a pool owner’s best friend. A pool cover not only keeps your pool clean, but it also reduces evaporation. One study showed that a pool cover will cut the amount of replacement water needed for your pool by as much as 50%.
Showering accounts for close to 20 percent of household indoor water usage. A family of four will average 40 gallons of water a day taking showers. To save water, you should replace your showerhead with one that saves on water.
You can also take shorter showers. Use an egg timer and aim for showers that last five minutes or less.
Another way you can save water in the bathroom is by having a low-flow toilet installed. Toilets account for almost 30 percent of your indoor water usage, so a lot of water can be saved.
Older toilets use as much as six gallons of water every time they are flushed. Newer, efficient toilets use as little as 1.2 gallons per flush, dual-flush toilets use even less.
HIGH-EFFICIENCY WASHING MACHINE
If you have an average American family, you can expect to wash about 300 loads of laundry this year. Washing your clothes accounts for about 20 percent of your indoor water usage.
Typically, front-loading washing machines use less water than top-loading machines. But to save the most water regardless of whether you have a top-loading or front-loading washing machine, look for an Energy Star-certified machine.
FILL THE DISHWASHER
It might be tempting to run the dishwasher after every meal, but you would be wasting a lot of water in the process. You should never run your dishwasher until it is full.
Most modern dishwashers don’t require dishes to be pre-rinsed. It might be a habit that is hard to break, but if you do, it will save a lot of water.
GET THAT LEAK FIXED
Neglected leaks waste a huge amount of water every year. No matter how small that water leak is, you would be surprised by how much water is wasted.
If you have a leak and you aren’t able to fix it, give American Drain Company a call and we can help.