According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses about 300 gallons of water every day, 30% of which is used outdoors. From washing machines and showers to dishwashers, toilets and more, that’s a lot of water being guzzled daily. Since the bathroom is where most water is used, here are some important water and energy-saving tips.
- Fix those Leaks! If you have leaky water pipes or a leaky toilet, have them repaired right away before they become bigger and more expensive problems. Even a slow leak can account for up to 10% of your water use, which means that a large amount of your money is also trickling away.
- Don’t Waste Water While Waiting: If you turn on the sinks or showers and wait anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute for the water to get hot, precious gallons are going down the drain. To prevent this, consider replacing your conventional water heater with a tankless type, so you can get hot water almost instantly.
- Replace Old Showerheads: These can guzzle water and your money because they consume around 5 gallons a minute. Not only is water being wasted, but extra demand is placed on the water heater, which drives energy bills sky high. Some of the ultra-low-flow heads for showers that are available today use just 2 gallons a minute. Look for the WaterSense label when buying.
If you’re looking for a well-established, reliable, trustworthy and professional plumber in the Tri-county area of NC, contact us at Minyard Plumbing Inc. Family owned and operated, we have been serving residents and businesses for more than 35 years. We’re available 24 hours a day for emergency services.