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Water Conservation Tips from JC Plumbing: Part I

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JC Plumbing understands that with every day people fall into the same routines and sometimes get a little slack with their conservation of resources. If everyone takes a little effort to save resources like water, then there will be enough resources for everyone. These are simple tips and tricks to help you save water in your home.

 

Save Water Inside

 

Turn off the water when you brush your teeth

You can also save up to 8 gallons of water a day simply by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth in the morning and at night. Do the same while you shave.

Shorten your showers by one or two minutes

Most shower heads say how many GPM that they jet out. Take that number and multiply it by 30 to determine how many gallons you are saving. Then figure out what the break down of your water bill would be to determine how much you would be saving by shaving off the two minutes of shower time.

Use low-flow showerheads

According to the new EPA WaterSense initiative, the average bathroom sink faucet flows at a rate of two gallons a minute. You can slow that flow by installing a new low-flow faucet.

Fix leaky Faucets

Using 1/4 milliliter (ml) estimate as the volume of a faucet drip:

  • One gallon: 15,140 drips
  • One liter: 4,000 drips

Repair running toilets

A “running” toilet can waste two gallons of water per minute. A silent leak in a toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month.

Wash only full loads of laundry

The average family does six to eight loads of laundry a week. A standard washing machine uses about sixty gallons of H2O per wash, while a water efficient machine uses about forty gallons.

Run only full loads of dishes

A single full load uses more water and more energy than a half load, but a full load uses far less energy and water than two half loads.

Install low-flush toilets and water efficient washing machines

Energy Star washers have the government seal of approval for efficiency, and a full list is available on the Energy Star website (note that list includes some models that haven’t yet come out). The best models have a high “Modified Energy Factor” (MEF) score, meaning they’re energy-efficient, and a low “Water Factor,” meaning they use the least amount of water possible.

Install a circulating pump, or an instant hot, or a tankless water heater to get hot water faster

Many tankless water heaters come with leak detection shut off valves to limit damage to the property, a temperature lock to prevent unauthorized changes to water temperature, and a high certification rating with Energy Star.

 

These simple tricks can save you hundreds each year depending on your regular use. Next time, we’ll take you outside to save you water and energy.

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