It’s so easy to take clean and ample water for granted, but unfortunately, safe, fresh supplies aren’t guaranteed. When you conserve water, not only do you protect this valuable resource, you also lower your water and sewer bills.
- Fix all plumbing leaks. Leaking faucets waste a good deal of water and can stain or damage sinks and tubs. If your fixtures need replacing, choose WaterSense products. This label indicates new plumbing products that use the least amount of water without compromising their functionality. You can also find WaterSense aerators to turn existing fixtures into water misers.
- Turn off the water when brushing teeth or shaving, turning it back on when you need to rinse.
- Take shorter showers and replace an old showerhead with a WaterSense model to conserve water and cut water heating bills.
- Periodically check the toilets for leaks around the base and from the tank to the bowl. Add a few drops of food coloring to the tank, wait for 30 minutes, and check the color of the water in the toilet bowl. If it’s colored, water is leaking into the bowl. Replace the flapper and other worn parts. If the toilet leaks at the base, you may need a plumber to help you install a new ring since these leaks can damage your subfloor.
- Use the dishwasher only if you have a full load. When loading, scrape the food debris off the dishes instead of rinsing under the faucet.
- Select the right load size when washing clothes. When the washing machine needs replacing, consider a high efficiency replacement. They use far less water and soap than older models.
- Considerable water is wasted waiting for the hot water to arrive at faucets. When your water heater needs replacing, ask your plumber about options like point-of-use tanks, tankless systems, or recirculating pumps.
These habits and improvements will conserve water and lower ongoing household costs. For help choosing the best appliances and modifications to your home’s plumbing, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing, providing trusted services for homeowners in Grand Traverse County and the surrounding areas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about conserving water and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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