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Earth Day: 6 Plumbing Ideas to Conserve Water

Earth Day’s Inception began on April 22, 1969.  Since then our awareness of the need for conversation of our greatest resources have dramatically improved. We owe it to ourselves and future generations to leave our world a better place than we found it.

The good news is that there are benefits to this consciousness that have both health and financial benefits.

Those of us that live in the west in areas such as Nevada and California are no strangers to the somewhat stringent requirements of Water conservation.

At Hawthorne Plumbing, Heating & Cooling we believe it is our duty not only to protect the health and welfare of our customers but to also educate on ways to save water consumption and energy in the home.

Here are some easy tips and tricks that will reduce your water bill and keep the green in your wallet.

Have a low flow shower head installed

Shower heads can consume up to 5 gallons of water per minute or more. By installing a low-flow shower head does not mean giving up pressure, there are a number of great shower heads out there that will not only save water without sacrificing the luxury of a comfortable shower. By doing this you and your family can save about 2,900 gallons of water per year.

 If all U.S. households installed water-saving features, water use would decrease by 30%.

Check to see if you should Install a low-flow toilet

Flushing your toilet is the biggest source of water usage in the house. Older style toilets can use about 5 to 7 gallons per flush, however low-flow models will use as little as 1.6 gallons and are still improving. With the average person flushing around five times a day this can add up fast for a small family.

Replace your tank type water heater with a tankless.

A tankless water heating system also known as ‘on demand’, which has two great benefits. First, water is only being heated when it is used as opposed to having to heat the water constantly as a conventional water heater does. Second you can have an endless supply of hot water since there is no depletion of hot water.

Fix the leaks

Benjamin Franklin once said, “a small leak will sink a great ship”. This applies to your home too.  A running toilet or a dripping faucet can really add up in expenses not only in water usage but in the costs to repair plumbing damage that can occur by not addressing the problems while they are still minor. It is estimated that a running toilet can waste as much as 62,000 gallons per year.

Replace the aerators on your faucets

A faucet aerator is an effective and simple water saving device.  It screws onto the end of the faucet and mixes air into the water. That serves to reduce the flow of water while simultaneously increasing the pressure. Inspecting your aerator occasionally is recommended as it will also filter sediment in the water.  Standard aerators are designed to conserve 2.2 gallons per minute.

Check and adjust your water heater temperature setting

According to the Department of Energy, the savings resulting from turning down your water heaters temperature setting are based on two things.

The first is reduced standby losses (heat lost from water heater into surrounding basement area).

The second is consumption (from water demand or use in your home). When set too high, or at 140ºF, your water heater can waste anywhere from $36 to $61 annually in standby heat losses and more than $400 in demand losses. 

In Conclusion:

It is estimated that only 2.5% of all the water on Earth is potable fresh water. Water that is suitable for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. Conserving water for our planet is a responsibility that falls in all of our hands.

These are just a few suggestions on some quick savings that could really make a big splash in reducing your water.  Following these guidelines should only take a couple hours. If you have any questions or would like some help we are just a click or a call away!