In the hot Texas summer, it’s really easy to use a lot of water. From the pool to the house – Texans are looking for anything to offer some relief. But we all know that we don’t have an endless supply of water. Not only is conserving water good for the environment, but it’ll also save you money! In this post, we’ll take a look at a few ways you can start saving today!
USE THE DISHWASHER
Appliances like your dishwasher use a lot of water, right? Actually, you may be surprised to know that running your dishwasher typically saves more water than washing dishes by hand. Leaving your sink faucet running for several minutes while thoroughly washing a sink full of dishes often uses more water than a full cycle on the dishwater. Give your dishes a quick rinse to get rid of grease, crumbs, or other stuck-on food, then place them in the dishwasher rack and wait for it to fill up. An ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher only uses about 5 gallons of water per load, but washing by hand takes up to 25 gallons! As an added bonus, you’ll eliminate the clutter caused by leaving dirty or drying dishes sitting around your kitchen.
LOOK FOR LEAKS
If pools of water start appearing in your kitchen or bathroom, you know you’ve got a leak. Those types of leaks can show up in any place water is used, including the toilet, bathtub, sinks, showers, and the laundry room. Many fixtures have an emergency shutoff valve that can also leak. Even if you don’t notice a leak, occasionally check your water meter. If the reading ever seems unusually high, you’ll know there’s an issue. Call an expert like ours at The Bosworth Company who can get to the root of the problem!
WATER HEATER MAINTENANCE
Your hot water heater is the heart of all the water that pumps through your home. Making sure it’s running efficiently can save water, and is easy to accomplish with a little maintenance. This can include making sure all valves are working properly, and draining it about once a year.