In San Diego, plumbing tends to be a sensitive topic. Droughts and water shortages seem to occur all too frequently. Water conservation has become a very important agenda.
Of course, we don’t always realize it. We turn on the sink and water comes out and we assume that that’s how it will always be. Water heaters keep our showers comfortably warm and plumbing services ensure our drains are in proper working order, but water shortages usually mean more costly utility bills for the average homeowner. Here are a few tips to save on your next water bill.
In the Bathroom
The bathroom is probably the primary culprit of excessive water use in your home. From toilet to sink to shower, it’s easy to use up dozens of gallons of water in a single day.
- Old folk wisdom states that placing a brick in your toilet’s water tank will save on water. While the intent is true, it’s better to use a water bottle filled with water or sand. Brick is known to disintegrate in water over time, leading to costly plumbing damages. The average toilet use three to seven gallons per flush. The bottle in the tank helps to displace water, saving you half a gallon to a full gallon each flush.
- Low-flow and dual flush toilets are the norm these days. While the bottle trick is helpful, consider installing a water conserving toilet.
- These days, newer shower heads are designed to save water without sacrificing water pressure. Water-saving shower heads are easy to install and can cut down water use to less than 2.5 gallons per minute.
- Consider taking military showers, which is when you turn off the water while soaping and shampooing and use water only when you need to rinse.
In the Kitchen
You won’t use as much water in the kitchen as in the bathroom, but you can still save water around the kitchen sink and dishwasher.
- Try to avoid using a dishwasher. Washing by hand in a sink full of soapy water is more than enough to get the dishes squeaky clean. If you really must use a dishwasher, only run it when it’s full. Purchase a water-saving dishwasher model if possible, and don’t rinse the dishes before loading them.
- Garbage disposal units require lots of water to work properly. Try to minimize the use of these in-sink disposals and consider starting a compost pile instead.
- Use water-saving faucets, which are similar to the water-saving showerheads in the bathroom.