5 Things You Can Do To Save Water In Your Atlanta Bathroom
Let’s talk about the weather for a moment.
We’ve all seen the before and after photos that drought conditions bring on. Once full reservoirs are reduced to trickles of water. Land once used for farming, once lush and full of life, are reduced to nothing but mere sand bowls. These conditions have fueled our desires for becoming more water conscious, more eco-friendly in everything we do.
And if you look for ways to save money in your home, look no further than your bathroom, as it’s one of the most water wasteful rooms we have.
Thousands of gallons of water can be wasted every year if we aren’t careful. Multiple the number of bathrooms in use in your home, and the gallons wasted quickly follow suit. But there are a few things you can do that will make a big difference.
1. Turn water off while you brush your teeth
Did you know the average person wastes up to 10 gallons of water a day by leaving the water on while brushing their teeth? The one simple act of turning it off for those few minutes each day can save up to 3,650 gallons of water each year.
2. Plug up the sink
Instead of letting the water run while you do common tasks such as shaving, plug the drain and fill the sink with a little water to use instead. This will give you water to rinse your razor with, while allowing you to save as much as 300 gallons of water or more each month.
3. Fix leaks
Those drip, drip, drips are not only annoying, but they are also costing you a lot of money. To avoid wasting water, check your sink, shower, and toilet for leaks. You can find them either by watching for small puddles of water, or by listening for the sound of dripping water. Also check by your water heater periodically to ensure it’s running properly too. Fix any leak as soon as you find them.
4. Try hot water circulating pumps
One of the most popular questions we’re asked when it comes to saving water is how you can have hot water on demand. No, tankless water heaters won’t give you instant hot water. You’ll still have to wait for the hot water to travel through the tankless system and reach your faucet. But a hot water circulating pump can do the trick. These appliances send water cooled while sitting idle in your pipes back into the system to be heated. That means you’ll enjoy nothing but hot water when you call for it, without wasting water waiting for it to warm. This can save thousands of gallons each year that run down the drain waiting for the heat.
5. Buy WaterSense labels
The EPA has a program to help you find water efficient appliances. While the program is voluntary, using more water efficient appliances can save you money each month by operating more efficient appliances, lowering your utility bills. Toilets under the WaterSense label use only 1.28 gallons per flush, which is 20 percent lower than federal standards. In an average household, that can save up to thousands of gallons of water per year. Look for the label and save.
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