Posted on: 13 August 2015Share
Even if you don't live in a hot, dry state like Nevada or Arizona, you should be concerned about water use. Conserving water can not only save you money, but also help the environment. Some new, simple ideas for water conservation in your home have emerged recently, so read on for ways that your plumber can help you to conserve water use.
While traditional hot water systems allow heated water to sit in a tank until needed, these new "demand" systems pass water through heated elements to provide instant hot water when needed. You can expect your energy efficiency to rise by as much as 24%-34% as a result.
Did you know that the water that goes into your drains is categorized by color? The water that is flushed from your toilets or down your sink drain is referred to as "blackwater", and is not suitable for anything but treatment at your local water treatment plant. On the other hand, "greywater" refers to the water that enters your drain from your washing machine, dishwasher, shower stalls and tubs, and bathroom sinks. This water can be reused for gardening (non-edible plants only) or for flushing toilets. A greywater system directs this water to holding tank for later use.
Tips for Everyday Conservation
- A leaky pipe is wasteful of our natural resources, as well as expensive on your pocketbook. To check for a leak:
- Locate your meter and note the reading numbers.
- Make sure no one in your home uses any water for an hour or so.
- Check the reading again; the number should not have changed from the initial reading.
- A running toilet is both annoying and wasteful. New flappers and fill valves should fix that issue quickly.
- You can easily spot a leaking toilet tank by adding a little food coloring to the tank. Any color that appears in your toilet bowl means a leak. Be sure to flush the food coloring out promptly to avoid a stain.
- Let your plumber install a new high-efficiency toilet in your home. These new toilets use less water to flush, but still provide an efficient flushing action with extra pressure.
- Forgetting to turn off your sprinklers can quickly result in a large waste of water, which isn't good for your lawn either. A timer comes in handy for ensuring that the water will shut off at a specified time, no matter what.
Contact a professional plumber to help you to implement the above water-conserving measures. With the help of a qualified plumber, you can save your family money and do your part for the environment.