One of the biggest home trends we’ve seen in recent years is going green. With this uptick in conscious consumerism, we’re seeing more people ask about water conservation. Considering we all live in California; water conservation is a hot button topic for our Sacramento and Bay Area homeowners. Here are our favorite ways to conserve water at home.
Water Conservation in the Bathroom
Unsurprisingly, the bathroom is one of the places in your home to easily waste water. Whether it’s longer showers or even just leaving the sink on while you brush your teeth, these actions can lead to a surprising amount of water waste.
Since the average bathroom faucet can run up to two gallons of water per minute
, one of the best ways to conserve water is to turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth, scrubbing your hands, or washing your face. You also want to ensure that your faucet has an aerator
. This tiny, cheap piece of equipment can help stop excess water from coming through your faucet.
Do you ever hear a drip, drip, drip of water coming from your shower at night? Even if it’s a small, single drip, you should get that checked out sooner rather than later. A showerhead can leak 10 drips per minute
, which can lead to more than 500 gallons of lost water every year. Although this drip seems small it will have a big impact on your water bill. Another option to consider is a low-flow showerhead can help solve your water woes. While they may range in price from moderate to high, they can be easily installed on your own.
Water Conservation in the Kitchen
The kitchen is another place we see a huge amount of water waste. While it may be easy to attribute this waste to appliances like the dishwasher, it’s actually human error that leads to lost water.
For example, washing dishes or vegetables. Do you leave the water on while you’re scrubbing? If you do, you’re creating more water waster for your home. A great alternative is to soak your vegetables or dishes before washing them. This helps break up anything on the surface, makes it easier to wash, and helps conserve more water at home.
Another step to take is checking to see if there is an aerator in your kitchen faucet. Like in your bathrooms, this little device can help conserve water flow and usage. You also want to make sure you don’t have any drips. If your kitchen faucet is dripping, that can lead to a huge amount of wasted water. It’s best to have that checked out before it becomes a big problem.
Water Conservation in Your Yard
Have you considered transitioning to a native garden
? There’s a reason these gardens are growing in popularity all over California. Many of the grasses and plants used by landscapers are not native to our Sacramento climate. Instead, we see homeowners wasting water by trying to keep a lawn lush during the driest of summers. Native California plants are generally drought resistant and require much less water.
Don’t despair if you have a lawn and garden you love. There are ways to conserve water usage even with a non-native home landscape. Consider switching from sprinklers to a simple watering pail to control how much water you use.
If a watering can isn’t something you want to use, we recommend a soaker hose or drip irrigation system
. If you have flowers and other plants around your home, a drip irrigation system will send water directly to the base of the plant, rather than the soil around it. Meaning every water drop is used, no runoff is lost to evaporation. They also run on timers and are easy to regulate. The drawback is that they can be costly and require a decent amount of maintenance.
A soaker hose is similar to a traditional hose except for the fact that it “weeps” water drops along its entire length. A big pro for the soaker hose is that it’s easy to use. All you need to do is snake it around your plants, connect it to a water tap, and turn on the water. Soaker hoses can also run on a timer, just like a drip irrigation system. While soaker hoses are an affordable option, they need a bit more maintenance. UV rays can break down the hose, so you need to cover it with mulch to keep it out of the sun.
Check Water Usage Levels with a Plumbing Safety Inspection from Bell Brothers
The best way to check your water usage is with a plumbing safety inspection. While conducting this plumbing maintenance, one of our expert plumbers will check on every part of your system to make sure everything is working well to avoid any major before they happen.
When it comes to conservation, one of the most important things to check is water pressure. If your water pressure is too high, you could be wasting a lot of water. Think of a plumbing safety inspection as a tune-up for your pipes, it’s a maintenance for your plumbing.
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. Bell Brothers proudly serves our Sacramento, Stockton, Vacaville, and Bay Area communities.