How to Save Money and Water by Reducing Your Household’s Water Use in Reading, MA
How much water do you think you use every day? The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that the average person uses roughly 80 to 100 gallons of water each day, if not more. The majority of a person’s household water use takes place in the bathroom, where there are plenty of opportunities for water wasting. But when the whole family learns how to save water, water conservation is a piece of cake!
Regular plumbing maintenance is an important part of water conservation. For example, household leaks can waste as much as 10,000 gallons of water each year! Our green plumbing services in Reading, MA offer the latest in contemporary water conservation solutions that save water while saving you money.
Here’s how to start reducing your household’s water use in Reading, MA and beyond.
- Have a “greener” thumb Create a plan to use native plant species in your lawn and garden — an eco-friendly landscaping practice known as xeriscaping. Native plant species are low maintenance and use much less water than other plants and many require no additional watering.
- Eat at least vegetarian meal a week From growing the grain to feed farm animals to harvesting the meat, raising animals for food uses a lot of water. You can save more than 3,000 gallons of water simply by swapping just four ounces of beef in your weekly diet with a plant-based option. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is good for you too!
- Use salvaged water The initial flow of cold water while you wait for your shower to heat up can be used for flushing the toilet or watering household plants. Use a bucket to collect it. Similarly, you can set up rain buckets to reclaim water outdoors and use it to water plants.
- Don’t be wishy-washy about the dishwasher Washing dishes by hand and pre-rinsing them before loading them in the dishwasher is a waste of time and money. Dishwashers can get dishes cleaner than handwashing while using less water. They run better when full and remember to use the lowest setting needed. A light-wash is usually all it takes!
- Time to upgrade Outdated plumbing appliances and fixtures are among the biggest culprits of water wasting. You can reduce your household’s total water use by as much as 30% or more just by making the simple switch to water efficient appliances and fixtures.
- If you must flush…Only do so when there is solid waste. Toilet flushing accounts for nearly 27% of a household’s daily use of 400 gallons of water, so limiting the amount of flushes dramatically reduces this amount. Better yet, upgrade to a low flow toilet!
Energy and water conservation are important to us, and that’s why we’re so passionate about teaching our customers how to save water and money! For eco-friendly plumbing services in Reading, MA that you can count on, call Waldman Plumbing and Heating, Inc.!