Water Saving Tips that Work

09.16.22 12:15 PM By Quix Plumbing Service

Water-saving tips to help you conserve water, save money and increase the value of your home. 

Water Saving Tips from Quix Plulmbing

If you're like most homeowners, you're always looking for ways to save money on your utility bills. Conserving water is a great way to do that!  In this post, we'll share tips that not only conserve water, they may even increase the value of your home - so read on for more information.

The usual suspects

There are many tips we all know such as cutting your shower time, turning off the faucet when brushing teeth and washing produce in a bowl. These really do make an impact - you can save 150 gallons of water every month just by shortening showers to 2 minutes! However there are several other things that have a much greater effect on how much money goes down the drain.

Leaks

We all know that leaks are bad for your budget, but do you now how much this affects your water usage?  Use the drip calculator below and you may be surprised at the results. A dripping / leaking faucet may not seem like a major waster of water in the moment- however one leaky fixture  ( like a faucet) will waste more than 30 gallons per day. 

How much water is that leak wasting?

Use this drip calculator from the American Water Works Association.

Calculate Waste

Toilet Troubles

If you have multiple issues and can only address on thing at a time. Take care of the toilet first because toilets make up about 30% of a homes water usage. Running toilets and phantom flushes are pretty easy to spot, but your toilet may be leaking without you even knowing it. Thankfully it's easy to check your toilet for leaks. By adding a few drops of food coloring or a dye tablet into the tank, you should see the link in about 30 minutes. 

If you discover a leak, it usually means your toilet needs a replacement rubber flapper or fill mechanism. Try checking for worn-out, corroded, or bent parts. Replacement kits are relatively inexpensive and easily installed.  

It’s important to check your water meter and bill to track your usage. If you start noticing a large change- this usually means something is wrong and a leak is the most common problem.

Time for an upgrade?

We always recommend you upgrade your bathroom fixtures about every five to seven years if possible. This is typically when fixtures begin to have problems, however, if you plan to sell your home, or you have hard water, you may want to consider doing it sooner. 

Upgrade your bathroom fixtures

You can save a lot of money and conserve a lot of water by upgrading your bathroom fixtures. The most common upgrades are low-flow showerheads and low-flush toilets when these upgrades are combined they can reduce your water usage by almost 75%.

low flow showerhead

Low-flow showerheads

Replacing an old shower head can save up water without sacrificing full spray action. Today’s low-flow shower heads are so well engineered, that you probably won’t notice you are using a low-flow head at all. 

*Annual savings of up to $145 on energy & water for a family of four.

water saving toilet

Water Saving Toilets

Upgrade to a low-flow toilet. (They use 2-3) times less water. Maybe even more especially if your toilet is from 1994 or older. You can choose between a gravity-flow or a pressure-assist toilet system, both work great! 

* If  you want to keep the toilet you have consider installing a water saving flapper.

Aerators

Faucet Aerators

We always recommend putting aerators in your faucets. They are very cheap (just a couple of dollars). They add air to the water and use more pressure, so you won’t notice a difference in flow, just lower water usage.

water filter softener

Water Softeners

If you’re looking for a whole home solution, consider adding an automated water softener. They make the tap water softer and more comfortable on your skin with their beneficial effects of helping pipes stay clean as well as increasing appliance efficiency!

It's important to make sure that your home is as efficient as possible. Upgrading your plumbing system is one of the best ways to do this, and can add value to your property, conserve valuable resources and save you money. To speak with a plumbing professional about making these upgrades, call us today. 

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