Springtime in Northeast Ohio kicks off the seasonal chores of yard-work and house cleaning. With the following easy tips from Green Plumbers USA, you could save thousands of gallons of water a month, not to mention the money you could save on your water bill throughout the spring and summer months. Read on to learn how you can converse water and energy inside and outside of your home:
- Turn off the water when you brush your teeth – you could save 8 gallons per day.
- Shorten your showers by one or two minutes – you can save 5 gallons per day, per shower.
- Fix leaky faucets and save 20 gallons per day.
- Wash only full loads of laundry to save 15-50 gallons per load.
- Replace old toilets with High Efficiency Toilets (HET).
- Replace your old clothes washer with an Energy Star approved clothes washer.
- Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks.
- Do not use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.
- Insulate your water pipes.
- Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators.
- Only wash full dishwasher loads.
- Do not leave the water running when washing dishes by hand.
- Check for toilet leaks by adding food coloring to the tank and waiting to see if the coloring appears in the toilet bowl. Flush to make sure the tank is not stained.
- Do not let the water run while shaving.
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator so you don’t have to run the tap until it gets cold.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly.
- When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.
- Do not use running water to thaw food.
- If your toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.
- Water your yard only before 8 am to reduce evaporation and interference from wind and save 25 gallons per day.
- Install a smart sprinkler controller to save 40 gallons per day.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks and you could save 150 gallons each time.
- Check your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray and broken sprinkler heads and you can save 500 gallons per month.
- Save hundreds of gallons a year by using organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation.
- Plant flowers/trees/bushes that require less watering. Select plants that are appropriate for local climate conditions.
- Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose.
- Raise the lawn mower blade to at least three inches. A higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture better than a closely-clipped lawn.
- Collect water from your roof to water your garden.
Many fixes you can do yourself, but for bigger projects, turn to the professionals of CPI. Our contractors and workforce support are trained to install a wide range of green plumbing systems and LEED-certified installations.