One of the main concerns of many homeowners is how much water is being wasted in the home. The truth is that the average home can waste thousands of gallons each year and, if your state is one that is hit with a drought, you will need to make some serious changes to your water use.
Before it gets to this point, however, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your water use. The following are the top three water-wasting appliances in your home and what you can do to reduce the amount of water they use:
The washing machine may or may not be used every day, but it will use a lot of water with each wash. If you have an old machine, be sure to upgrade to an energy-efficient model.
Also, when doing laundry, be sure to set the water level to an appropriate setting. If you keep it on a large load setting and are doing a small load of laundry, you are wasting several gallons of water.
Along with upgrading to a more energy-efficient model, you can do several things to save water with your dishwasher. First, make sure you soak pans that are caked in food prior to putting them in the dishwasher.
This will prevent you from having to redo the wash. Also, be sure that you only run the dishwasher when it is full. Turning on your dishwasher when it is only half-full is one the most common water-wasting mistakes in households.
The toilet is flushed many times a day and, each time, if it is an older toilet, as much as seven gallons of water is used. Having a newer and more efficient model is the first step that should be taken in water-saving measures.
New models may only use just over a gallon and a half per flush. This can save hundreds of gallons a day, depending on the size of your household.
If you are concerned about how much water you are wasting in your home, enlist the help of a professional plumber. After a complete inspection, they can help you to determine how water is being wasted in your home, whether it is by the appliances in your homes or leaks that need to be repaired.
Just a few changes could save you reduce your water usage by hundreds of gallons a week.
Now more than ever, conservation doesn’t require a lifestyle change! Call the professionals of James Caccia Plumbing at (650) 376-6800 to see how easy it is to conserve water in your San Mateo, CA home.
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