Take a look around your Orlando-area home and try to quickly tabulate how much water you and your family use. If your faucets are leaking, you hear water continually running during nighttime routines, and your washer is running only half-full, your household could be wasting hundreds of gallons of water daily. Michael’s Plumbing is passionate about saving you money while being more environmentally conscious, and we’re here to help you conserve water around your home.
There are many things your family can do to conserve water around your home:
Turn off the Faucet
Leaving the water running while you brush your teeth twice a day wastes eight gallons of water each day. Just by remembering to turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your hands can save at least 200 gallons of water each month.
Shower Over Bath
The average bath uses up to 70 gallons of water (depending on tub size), while the average shower uses only around 10 to 25 gallons of water. Choosing to use the shower over a bath can save hundreds of gallons of water each month. Limit the amount of time you run the water prior to stepping in, and then limit the time spent in the shower to shrink your water usage.
Pile the Scraps
Instead of dumping your food scraps into your kitchen sink’s garbage disposal, start an environmentally friendly family tradition by starting your own compost pile. Not only will this alleviate the overuse of your garbage disposal (thus, all the water needed to run the disposal), but it can also lessen the amount of trash your family discards. Having your own compost pile assists in the growth of your own green thumb because your soil is fertilized naturally, encourages better nutrients for your plants, and reduces your carbon footprint.
To maximize the efficiency of your dishwasher, washing machine, and reduce the amount of water used, only run full loads of laundry and dishes. Most dishwashers use a preset amount of water, no matter how full the appliance.
Avoid watering your lawn and outdoor flowers in the heat of the day—not only can it damage your greenery, but it also causes you to use more water because the heat evaporates the water faster. If you must water your lawn, install rain sensors on your irrigation system and turn sprinklers on in the cooler morning hours.
Families can also utilize rain barrels to capture the offerings of Mother Nature, using the collected rainwater for outdoor plants.
As an extra way to save on your energy costs, consider washing your clothes in cold water.
You can contact Michael’s Plumbing to help you achieve even more water usage efficiency by doing the following:
- Install low-flow water fixtures
- Replace your older toilet with an eco-certified toilet (either low flow or dual flush toilets)
- Repair leaky faucets
If you’re looking for advice on how to improve water usage in your Orlando area home, reach out to the experts at Michael’s Plumbing. Call (407) 219-9772 today.