Almost everyone is concerned with saving water, as it is one of our most precious resources. Fortunately, there are many tips you can acquire from your plumber or conservation websites that will help you accomplish this goal. Below are some suggestions regarding how you can avoid wasting water, including whether or not a shower or bath is a better option:
Water Saving Tips:
Place a bucket in the shower as you wait for the water to reach the desired temperature and re-use the water to clean, flush toilets or water plants. Although it does require an initial investment, installing a low flow shower head will also help you conserve water. Traditional shower heads use approximately five gallons of water each minute, but low flow models use less than half that amount.
Low Flow Toilets
Low flow toilets are also available, and these will save even more, as traditional models use up to seven gallons per flush, while low flow models consume less than two gallons. You can also opt to throw away items rather than flushing them, such as bathroom tissue. This way, you can get away with less flushes.
Stopping the water when shaving or brushing your teeth rather than letting it run while using the faucet will also save a small amount of water, but these amounts will add up over time. Using a dishwasher on “water saver” mode, and placing all the dishes tightly in the bottom rack is also a good water conservation tip.
Bathtubs Versus Showers
If you are like some people, you may find yourself in a quandary with regard to whether or not you should take showers or baths. The answer to this question depends on several factors, and therefore is not cut and dried. For example, the size of the bathtub obviously plays a role in the amount of water one uses for a bath.
As one might suspect, it also depends on how high the tub is filled. However, in the majority of cases, a shower will use less water than a bath, particularly if the aforementioned low flow shower head is used. The average bath uses 35 to 50 gallons of water, as opposed to the 25 gallons that are used for a ten minute shower under a low flow shower head.
Maintaining Your Appliances
Additionally, calling a plumber immediately when leaks are discovered will go a long way toward conserving water. Getting your water leak repaired is will save you money and time in the long run if it is repaired immediately. Ultimately, with a little time and effort, it is possible to save substantial amounts of this precious resource on a yearly basis.
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