The average American household uses over 80 gallons of water every single day. And, with over millions of households throughout the nation, that adds up to an immense amount of water. As droughts and water shortages are becoming more and more common, freshwater becomes an increasingly limited and precious resource.
That’s why we here at B&J Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning, Inc. are providing water conservation tips today! Anything we, as a community, can do to reduce our water use will positively result in money and energy saved as well. Here’s how to reduce your daily water consumption:
Mind Your Faucets
We use water all the time. From washing dishes to washing clothes, our daily tasks and responsibilities rely on water. However, this means there are so many opportunities to save water in our day-to-day lives. Every time you use one of your home faucets, you have a chance to conserve water.
On average, people waste the most water when brushing their teeth or when shaving. By simply turning the water off during these routine activities, you can save up to 4 gallons of water each time!
Switching to low-flow fixtures will make a significant impact on your water conservation efforts, as these appliances inherently demand less water during operation.
The average dishwasher uses 6 gallons of water per cleaning cycle. Make sure to only run your dishwasher when it is completely packed! Additionally, replacing your current dishwasher with an ENERGYSTAR appliance will reduce the gallons of water used per cycle to 4!
The same goes for other water-based appliances like washing machines, low-flow toilets, and showerheads. Making the change to water conscious fixtures and plumbing will positively impact your overall water usage!
Water Conservation Projects
Eco-friendly home improvement projects can make a big difference in your water usage. For example, installing a rainwater collection system at your home can both improve your water usage, by recycling your water, while providing additional benefits such as reduced chances of yard erosion and flooding.
With built-in water treatment technology, you’ll be able to use the treated rainwater for pretty much any non-drinking purpose, such as gardening!
Gardening is a passion and hobby for so many people. However, it can lead to immense water waste if you are not smart about irrigation. Watering your garden by hand uses less water and allows you to check-in on the progress of all of your plants. Do this in tandem with a rainwater harvesting system for the ultimate eco-friendly garden.
When it comes to water conservation, there is only so much one person can do. But, if we all implement these changes, our combined efforts will make a difference. When eco-friendly practices are important to the masses, companies and governments will follow suit. Stay active and educated about water conservation issues that matter to you!
The best way to be more eco-friendly at home is to simply be aware of the resources you are using and to remember to use water in moderation. We know that changing your daily habits can be difficult; however, when you incorporate water-saving practices into your routines, hobbies, and shores, they will become second nature. Water conservation does not have to be hard; rather, it is quite simple once you add the appropriate appliances and practice mindfulness in your home.
If you need help with your home’s plumbing systems, call B & J Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at (252) 512-5651, or contact us online. We provide services for all of your home’s vital systems. Our technicians are trained in cleanliness and health safety and can help you get through any plumbing emergency!