If you’d like to save water (and money!) at your Utah home, you may have a number of options for doing so, based on national water waste data.
Most U.S. homes have older plumbing fixtures and faucets, potentially causing you to waste dozens – or even hundreds – of gallons of water each day. In addition, plumbing leaks and bad habits can account for additional waste.
To reduce your water use (and the associated cost), you can upgrade your current plumbing fixtures and faucets to today’s water-saving models for a nominal cost. Finally, consider seeking out and repairing plumbing leaks that could be costing you a small fortune each month on your water bill.
No. 1: Upgrade to Low-Flow Toilets
Residential toilets are the primary source of water use, accounting for about 30 percent of your home’s water use each year, on average.
Older models may use as much as six gallons (or more) per flush, whereas today’s low-flow models use about 1.3 gallons per flush. This means you’ll get up to 4.5 flushes with a new model compared to a single flush of an older toilet.
Do the math and you could cut your water use by as much as 22.5 percent if you replace all your old toilets with low-flow models.
And, lest you worry about the cost or efficiency of low-flow designs, you’ll be surprised to know that they cost about the same as any other type of toilet today and they work just as effectively.
No. 2: Install Water-Saving Showerheads
Today’s ultra low-flow showerheads can save you as much as 2.5 gallons per minute over older models.
For a family of four taking showers of about 8 minutes each (https://www.home-water-works.org/indoor-use/showersthe national average) can save about 80 gallons of water per day.
You can also encourage your family to take shorter showers and to shut the water off while you lather up your hair or shave your legs. Better yet, shave outside the shower where you can control your water use.
You can also collect the water you normally waste waiting for the water to get hot and use it for watering plants, hand washing dishes or even flushing toilets.
No. 3: Identify & Repair Plumbing Leaks
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household wastes about 10,000 gallons of water each year due to plumbing leaks (about 27 gallons per day). Even worse, approximately 10 percent of U.S. homes have leaks that waste almost 100 gallons a day.
If you’re among that 10 percent, you could cut your water use by more than 35,000 gallons per year by locating and repairing plumbing leaks. Even if you only waste the average, your cost savings will quickly pay for most plumbing repairs – especially since most leaks occur at faucets and fixtures.
The experts at Black Diamond Electric Plumbing Heating & Air understand the importance of saving money and reducing water waste and the associated costs. Our plumbers have the expertise and high-tech equipment necessary to locate and repair problems in water lines. We can also replace any fixtures and faucets with water-saving technology, to help you cut down on waste and save money. Contact us today to learn more about how a Black Diamond can help you save water at your Utah home.