If you save water, you’ll save money.
Conserve, Conserve, Conserve
Over the course of the last few decades, there has been a world-wide effort to “go green.” We’re encouraged to recycle everything we can and to buy new products with recycling in mind. Laws have been passed to limit noxious gases and pollutants from many things, including industries and automobiles. There are websites dedicated to green initiatives and products. However, the most important of the “go green” initiatives may be water conservation. Fifty years ago, when scientists suggested that the future would hold water shortages and rationing, people scoffed. Now many communities face these issues every summer. Some parts of the country have spent months, or even years, in drought situations.
Do Your Part
Often, utility operators will offer classes or lectures aimed at teaching you how to save water.
There are numerous ways to save water. If your home is like most, there is no return line for your hot water. This means that when you turn the hot water on, you have to wait for the cold water to run through the pipes before you have hot water at the faucet, but you can make use of that cold water. For instance, if you’re going to have a drink of water before you shave, take it from the “HOT” faucet while you’re waiting for it to heat up. If you’re going to give the dog some water, take it from the “HOT” faucet before you wash your hands; and when you do wash your hands, you don’t need to have the water running full-blast. If you’re going to brush your teeth before you shower, instead of running the shower with no one in it, run the hot water in the sink while you’re brushing until it gets hot. You can switch to cold if the water heats up before you’re done, and you’ll only need to run the shower for a second or two afterwards to get the water hot enough. You can fill your filtered water pitcher or tank with the cold water run-off while you’re waiting for hot water to wash the dishes. Another way to save money is by using appliances and fixtures designed to use less water. When it comes time to replace the washing machine, buy a newer, high-efficiency model. If you’re going to update your toilet, don’t flush your money down the drain with the same-old, same-old; buy a low flow toilet.
Fix Your Leaks
Perhaps the best way to “go green and save green” is to fix your leaks. Most municipalities that provide water and sewer service, calculate your sewer bill by using your water usage as a gauge to determine how much water you’re sending back to the sewer plant. If you’re leaking water needlessly on the floor or ground, you’re paying for it twice. If you’re afraid to fix that leak in the basement because you’ve never used a torch before, fear not, you can use Sharkbite-type push-on fittings instead.
A drippy faucet doesn’t mean you need to spend big money on a new one. Stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s have whole aisles dedicated to parts for most any brand of plumbing fixtures. You probably just need a washer or an ‘O’ ring to get that leak stopped. If your faucet is leaking around the base or neck when the water is on, an ‘O’ ring can fix that, too. A couple of pairs of pliers can go a long way in tightening up either end of a leaky garden hose. You don’t have to put up with your toilet sounding like it’s running every so often, either; the parts aisle in the home center will carry several different toilet flappers as well. You might even get away with just wiping clean the already-installed flapper with a rag.
So, Go Green and Save Green
Getting the best use out of Mother Earth’s water supply is essential to our environment, and even more important to the environment of future generations. Plus, you’ve got the added incentive to save money while you save water. For more information on how you can simultaneously save $$$ and H2O, visit http://www.thetwinplumbers.com/ They’ll also be able to help you get those leaks stopped.