A month of 2019 already gone. Are you feeling a bit down because you haven’t even scratched the surface of some of your New Year’s resolutions? Most of those we can’t help you with—but if you made resolutions about improving your home’s plumbing or saving water, we’re the people who can make keeping those resolutions easy.
If your resolution was to cut down on your water usage this year, then we can certainly give you some help. Saving water is a goal we applaud, since it not only lowers your water bills, it’s a benefit to the environment. Here are a few tips and services to get you going with home water conservation.
Shorten Those Showers
You probably already know you should be doing this. But we’d like to provide you some figures to show you what a difference shorter showers can make. Showers account for 17% of all indoor water use, and if you reduce the time in the shower from 10 minutes to 5 minutes (and 5 minutes is all you need!) you’ll save around 12½ gallons per shower—even more, if you have a low-flow showerhead put in. (We’re glad to help you with that; just ask us to put in a WaterSense-approved showerhead.)
Fix the Toilet or Install a Low-Flow Toilet
Showers may account for 17% of indoor water use, but the fixture that accounts for the most is the toilet—40% of all indoor water use. If you have a leaking toilet or one that continually runs, you’ve got a major water-waster right in your house. Arrange with our plumbers to fix it. Or, even better, have a low-flow toilet installed. Depending on the age of your current fixture, putting in a low-flow toilet can cut down on its water from 5–3 gallons per flush to 1¼ gallons per flush.
Another great update to your home plumbing is to replace standard faucets with WaterSense-approved low-flow models. Ask our plumbers about your options for going low-flow.
Use the Dishwasher and Use It Right!
Washing your dishes and utensils in a dishwasher uses much less water than washing them by hand. However, make sure you only run the dishwasher on a full load, or else you’ll just end up wasting water anyway. Run the loads on “light” mode if possible—if it does the job, stick with that setting. And, as with many other plumbing fixtures, you can have a high-efficiency dishwasher installed to further increase savings.
Schedule Leak Detection Services
If you resolved to save water because you noticed your water bill was running too high, the problem may be with hidden leaks in the plumbing system. Schedule leak detection with our professionals and they’ll find out if you’re losing water to leaks in the piping. Even a small pinhole leak can contribute to many gallons wasted per month.
Let your friendly plumber in Melrose, NM help you turn your home into a water-saving dynamo. From small to large, we offer all the plumbing services you need.