Fresh water is a declining resource worldwide, making it even more important to improve our water conservation. Add to the diminishing supply of available water, the soaring temperatures of southern summers and the need for conservation is even further emphasized. In the following we look at some conservation tips ranging from installing low flow plumbing in Houston to water saving solutions outdoors.
- Repairing leaks to your plumbing in Houston is not only going to save water, but save money on the water bill. If you have an annual plumbing inspection and maintenance, you are likely already having any leaky faucets or water lines repaired at that time when necessary. An easy way to test for a toilet tank leak is to drop some food coloring in the tank. If the color appears in the bowl without flushing the tank is leaking into the toilet bowl. To check for outdoor faucet leaks, place a bucket under faucets.
Leaks are a wasteful and costly loss of water. So keep a check on your plumbing in Houston for leaks, even if you do have annual inspections and maintenance provided by a licensed plumber in Houston.
- Install low flow fixtures to conserve water. Low flow fixtures will save water and money when installed. New federal regulations mandate new showerhead flow rates can’t exceed 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at a water pressure of 80 psi, or 2.5 gpm at 60 psi. New shower heads can save water at 25% to 60% according to the EPA. Cutting your shower short by 1-2 minutes can save as much as 150 gallons per month. Our plumbers in Houston will be glad to install low flow plumbing in Houston for you.
- Installing an energy efficient dishwasher and washing machine can save both water and the energy to heat hot water. You can save even more by waiting until you have full loads to operate. Always check the Energy Guide label to ensure you purchase an energy efficient model. Purchasing Energy Star models will not only ensure efficiency, but also greater reliability.
- Install drip irrigation in planting beds. Sprinkler systems keep our lawns lush and green. Planting beds will actually benefit more if you install a drip irrigation system where water slowly reaches the roots. Using a sprinkler system on planting beds not only wastes water due to runoff, but can fade the flowers. Plants will benefit from drip irrigation in health and appearance, and your water bill will be reduced as well. Install a rain sensor on sprinkler systems to prevent their operation after a rain.
- Keep planting beds and the garden weeded. Weeds compete with plants for nutrients and water and sunlight.
- Mulch plants to conserve water. Mulch helps to prevent water loss, as well as helping to prevent the growth of weeds.
- Water plants early in the morning to minimize evaporation, and the fungal growth that may occur if you water in the evening.
- Plant drought tolerant plants to reduce water use.
- When brushing your teeth, and washing your hands cut the water off while you brush and lather.
- Avoid planting grass on slopes and inclines where water tends to run off. Instead, plant with drought tolerant plants and mulch the area to discourage weed growth and retain moisture.
- Use a rain barrel for collecting rainwater from gutters for outdoor use on gardens and plants.
- Use materials for walkways that allow water to penetrate the soil, keeping moisture in your yard rather than running off into the street. Urban sprawl has created flooding in some areas due to hardscapes. Using pea gravel, for example, as a walkway will allow water to be absorbed into the soil rather than running off.
- Don’t let water run off the drive when washing the car. Use a hose nozzle to enable you to cut the water off in between rinsing. `21
- Aerating the lawn every six inches will allow water to reach the roots rather than running off.
- Scrape dishes rather than rinsing them, this saves water and helps to prevent drain clogs of your plumbing in Houston.
- If you have a sink too distant from the hot water heater that must run water excessively before receiving hot water, install a tankless water heater to cut out the waste. Our plumbers can provide the professional installation of a tankless water heater to your homes plumbing in Houston.
- Have a plumber re-route gray water from your plumbing in Houston from the sewer and use it on landscaping. Check your local codes to ensure this is allowed in your neighborhood
- Direct the water draining from the central air conditioner to plants.
- When you change your pet’s water, use the water on plants.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the rinse water run. Rinse when you have a sink full. Even better, use a rinse container, and then use the rinse water on plants.
We hope you found these tips useful. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg provides professional plumbing services in Houston and the surrounding areas. Give us a call for installation, repair and maintenance of your plumbing in Houston. Thanks for visiting Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg.