19 Feb 2017

The climate on Earth is becoming hotter and hotter every year in every region. Whether we’re struggling with droughts or not – with inefficient water using it may be a matter of time. Moreover, saving water around the home means lower utility bills!   Conserving water can also extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation, and reducing any pollution. Considering all these benefits, here are the main tips anyone in Chattanooga can do to cut down on water!

1. Check your taps and pipes. The fist our tip is pretty obvious, but very often homeowners do not notice that a faucet is leaking, especially if it doesn’t make a sound.Leaks maybe of different size and damage, but even a small drip because of a worn out faucet can waste 10 gallons of water per day. Larger wholes can waste from 30 to 500(!) of gallons. If you live in an old house, it would be a good idea to replace washers in faucets every few years.

2. Full load your dishwasher and  washing machine.  Try to start laundry or washing dishes only when the machines are fully loaded for optimal  water conservation. It is also recommended not to pre-rinse the dishes when it is possible which lead to big water savings.  The use of cold water will get your clothes just as clean as hot water, definitely save the colors as well as water and energy. If you wash the dishes without a machine, just fill up your sink instead of leaving the tap on during the whole process.

3. Install new shower heads and faucet that are water-saving. Economical (both in sense of money and water) shower heads and faucets provide low flow. Call a plumber to install it very quickly for you. Another way is to buy faucet aerators which use half as much water due to regulating the pressure of water and not letting it run down fast.
4.  Turn off the tap while washing your hands or brushing your teeth. In average, about 2.5 gallons of water comes out of the faucet pet 1 minute. Do you really want to lose that amount of water without even using it while scrubbing your hands? Just turn the tap off and you will save some money without any effort.

5. Shower or bath? To take a bath you need up to 70 gallons of water depending on the size of a tub. On the contrary, a quick shower uses 10 to 25 gallons. If you still want to enjoy taking a bath without worrying about your bill, you may use the water for plants or flush the toilet.

 

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