Water is one of the most important, if not the most important, resources that we have. In California, with rain levels lower than in years past, smart water use and water conservation are especially important. Whether you are in Tracy, Fresno, Modesto, or any other Central California city, conserving water at home can help save this precious resource, and can also help you save money.
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So how can you conserve water in California? Here are 10 tips for conserving water around your California home:
- Install a high-efficiency toilet. Californians flush an average of 20 gallons of water a day down the toilet; you can reduce this water use by installing a high-efficiency toilet. If installing a high-efficiency isn’t practical at this time, try putting a brick in your toilet’s water tank. The brick will displace some of the water in the tank, leading your toilet to use less water for each flush.
- Use the right amount of water for each load of laundry. Laundry can account for 15 – 40% of indoor home water use; save water by adjusting the settings on your washing machine to the proper load size.
- Pick your washing machine wisely. Many consumers may not realize that all washing machines are not equal when it comes to water use. Generally, front-loading washing machines use less water than top-loading machines.
- Install a low-flow showerhead. Showers use a lot of water. Install a low-flow showerhead, and you can save 15 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower.
- Use a dishwasher. Dishwashing accounts for less than 2 percent of indoor water use, but using a machine is actually more water efficient than hand washing, especially if you run full loads. ENERGY STAR® dishwashers can save you about 1,600 gallons of water over its lifetime of use.
- Defrost food in the fridge. Running frozen foods under hot water from the faucet is a water-intensive way to defrost frozen food. Instead, allow for time to let frozen food defrost in the refrigerator.
- Turn off the tap. Every little bit of water conservation helps! Teach your whole household to turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or shaving.
- Check for and repair leaks. An average of 10,000 gallons of water is wasted every year due to household leaks. One of the most effective ways to cut your water footprint is to repair leaky faucets and toilets.
- Manage outdoor water use. Water conservation efforts outside the home are important too! Outdoors, equip all hoses with shut-off nozzles, which can prevent hose leaks, and,
- Water plants wisely. Water your lawn or garden early in the morning or late in the evening, so the water lasts and is not immediately evaporated by the hot sun.
The majority of your household water use comes from toilets, washing machines, showers, baths, faucets and leaks, but saving water is fairly simple. Follow these 10 water-saving tips and you will be on your way to conserving water in your household. Still need help? At Plumbers911, our plumbing professionals can help you identify ways you can save water. Plumbers911 is a nationwide network of experienced, trustworthy plumbing experts, and we can respond to plumbing emergencies in as little as an hour in most cities.