3 Ways To Conserve Water This Saint Patrick’s Day
Everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in their own way - some hit the town and party it up, while others stay home and enjoy a nice dinner of corned beef and cabbage. But everyone upholds one tradition: wear something green or get pinched!
A similar rule (though not quite as festive or fun) applies to homeowners: save water or feel the pinch of inflated water bills! Even though homeowners may not realize it, many little things can add up to massive amounts of water waste every month. So this article will reveal a few of the most common causes of water waste - and how homeowners can avoid them!
Use the Tap Sparingly
One of the most powerful ways to reduce water waste is to turn off the faucet whenever it’s not being used directly. The most obvious example of this is brushing one’s teeth - leaving the water on while brushing can send multiple gallons of water down the drain each time. The problem is less noticeable for things like handwashing or dishwashing - just turning off the tap while scrubbing or soaping can make a big difference for a day.
Another water-saving habit along these lines is to turn off the shower while lathering up or shampooing. The average shower lasts around 8 minutes and uses about 17 gallons of water, so leaving the water off for even a couple of minutes will significantly impact water usage. These habits may seem somewhat inconvenient at first, but with a little practice, homeowners can make a fun game of saving water wherever they can!
Invest In WaterSense Fixtures and Appliances
On top of reducing the time the home’s water taps stay on, homeowners can replace those taps with more water-efficient fixtures. The Environmental Protection Agency gives its “WaterSense” stamp of approval to fixtures that reach a certain water efficiency standard.
For example, today’s standard sink faucets use 2.2 gallons per minute, while WaterSense faucets use only 1.5 gallons. WaterSense showerheads have a maximum flow rate of 2.0 GPM (gallons per minute), down from the 2.5 GPM of typical showerheads. Toilets are by far the biggest consumer of water in an average home. Still, upgrading to water-saving models (which use only 1.28 gallons per flush instead of 1.6 or more) can go a long way toward water conservation.
Upgrading to a high-efficiency washing machine or dishwasher can also have a lasting impact on water consumption and energy usage. These changes may require a bit of an upfront investment. Still, they can save homeowners money in the long run with the reduced utility bills - especially when combined with the other water conservation habits discussed here!
Flush With Care
A clogged toilet is an annoying and unpleasant problem, but most people don’t realize that it can also waste a significant amount of water. When a toilet gets partially clogged, it can cause a pressure imbalance between the toilet bowl and the drain pipe, causing water to siphon out of the bowl. Homeowners may have noticed that their toilet bowl fills up to the normal level only to drain over time - this is the siphoning effect at work.
Homeowners will then need to refill the bowl for the toilet to flush properly, doubling the amount of water used per flush. Even without the siphoning effect, homeowners may need to flush multiple times to fully empty the toilet bowl since water is having trouble getting around the clog.
This is why preventing toilet clogs also helps conserve water in a roundabout way. Fortunately, preventing clogs is easy. First, homeowners should only ever flush toilet paper (and human waste, of course) down the toilet - that means no napkins, paper towels, tissues, hygiene products, contraceptives, or baby wipes. Secondly, homeowners should avoid flushing too much toilet paper at once - occasionally, flushing twice is better than clogging the toilet! And if the toilet does become clogged despite their best efforts, homeowners would do well to call a plumber to fix the problem as soon as possible, before any more water is wasted!
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