When it comes to conserving water, we’re all in this together. Many property owners are now taking proactive measures to use less while ensuring that their property’s water is pure and clean. In this article, we’ll review the best ways to permanently reduce the amount of water used in your property while improving the quality of the water that comes out of the tap.
Install Low-Flow Showerheads and Low-Flush Toilets
If you want to start conserving water, property upgrades are a great place to begin with. By replacing wasteful features with water-efficient ones, you’ll reduce your property’s daily water use without even having to think about using less.
First, we recommend you start by replacing any older, standard toilets with low-flush or dual-flush ones. While many pre-1992 toilets can use more than 3 gallons of water with every flush, today’s high-efficiency, low-flush toilets use only around 1.3 gallons of water with every flush. In other words, a low-flush toilet can cut this area of water use in half. That matters: in the average U.S. property, toilets are the single-largest use of potable water. The water you save with a low-flush or dual-flush toilet amounts to several gallons every single day.
As you might guess, your property’s showers also use a significant amount of water. Consider installing low-flow showerheads: these specialized showerheads regulate the flow of water so that less gets used overall. Of course, you can save even more by pairing this new showerhead with a shower timer. This helps remind you and others in your family to limit your time in the shower to five minutes or less.
Add a Whole-House Water Filter
Nearly every property has water access, right from the tap. Despite this, so many property owners continue to buy disposable plastic water bottles. This is wasteful in several ways. First, there’s the time and money you have to spend buying and lugging around all those bottles. Second, many plastic water bottle manufacturers do not get their supply from sustainable sources, which means water is wasted just getting it into the bottle. Of course, it goes without saying that plastic bottles are incredibly wasteful and a major contributor to landfill waste.
The best way to cut down on this waste while still getting great-tasting, safe-to-drink water is by having a whole-property water filter installed. These systems purify all the water that comes into your property, which means you’re drinking, showering, and doing your dishes in only the cleanest water.
Be a Water-Conscious Property Owner
Beyond making upgrades to your property, you and your family should also strive to use less water on a daily basis. Here are a few ways you can start conserving:
Act quickly to fix leaky faucets and pipes: Even a slow, steady drip can result in hundreds of gallons of water waste over the course of a year. At the first sign of a drip or a leak, call in a local plumber in your area.
Save even more water while showering: If you’ve already installed a low-flow showerhead, you’ve taken an important first step to conserving water. Here’s your next one: use a bucket to capture the cold water that comes out of the showerhead while you’re waiting for the shower to “warm up.” You can then use this water on houseplants, in pet bowls, or anywhere else!
Make the switch to water-smart appliances: If your dishwasher and washing machine are nearing the end of their operational life, upgrade to new appliances that use far less water and energy. You’ll see the savings in your lowered usage and in your utility bills.
Interested in even more ways to save water? Take a look at this infographic. It has great tips for conserving water and getting the most out of water-efficient upgrades.
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