Conserving water can get a little annoying after a while. You get tired of turning the faucet on and off as you brush your teeth or of always having to wait to do laundry until you have a full load. Luckily, there are less intrusive ways to reduce your home's water consumption. Make these simple plumbing upgrades, and your home will use less water for years to come – without you even thinking about it!
Double-flush toilets have two flush options. One uses more water for times when you need a little extra flow to wash things down. The other flush option uses very little water and is ideal for when you've just gone number one. Replace your current, single-flush toilet with a double-flush model, and you can conserve water just by remembering to push the right flush button.
Do you water your lawn or flowers with sprinklers or a hose? If so, you're wasting water. Any water that lands on the plants themselves just evaporates, not to mention the water that gets wasted by being blown to the side in the breeze. A drip irrigation system is a series of pipes or hoses that lay on top of the ground and slowly drip water down onto the ground's surface. No water is wasted, and the system's really easy to operate, too. All you have to do is turn a single spigot on or off to water your plants. You can even have the system fitted with a timer so it waters automatically. This will prevent any water wastage from forgetting to turn it off!
Water-Conserving Shower head
Remembering not to turn the shower on full blast is easier said than done. And while taking a short shower conserves water, there will be times you want to relax in there. Water-conserving shower heads are designed to add air to the water as it comes out. This makes it feel like you're being hit with a lot more water than is actually being ejected from the shower head. Your showers will use less water, but they won't be less enjoyable.
Smaller, Deeper Kitchen Sinks
If you use your kitchen sinks to do dishes, you probably keep running the water until they're full enough to fully submerge your dishes. If your sink is very wide or long, it may take a lot of water to fill the sink up to this level. Replacing your kitchen sink with a smaller, deeper one will allow you to achieve the same water level with less water. You'll save water with each dish washing endeavor.
For more tips and tricks to safe water, talk with a plumber in your area, such as those at Ken Rentmeister Plumbing.