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Thanks to climate change, water is no longer an unlimited natural resource. We are left with less than 1% usable freshwater on Earth. Hence, we must leave no stone unturned and no drop wasted! Even simple efforts like turning the tap off while brushing or using a bucket instead of a shower can save a lot of water in the long run.
But did you know your choice of plumbing services also plays a massive role in reducing water waste? Believe it or not- broken pipes and leakage, if not treated immediately, can waste up to 20,000 litres yearly! So, it is essential to keep an eye on your taps. It’s even better if you have a water meter installed in your homes and businesses.
Let’s look at sustainable plumbing methods to save water, and your expenses, and prevent bad water-wasting habits.
It is no secret that showering results in significant water wastage. That’s why we recommend using a bucket instead to avoid a significant increase also in your water bills. But, you can still reduce your water consumption rate by opting for a water-efficient showerhead. This particular showerhead often features various spray functions. And it maintains the pressure to provide squeaky clean results while using less water.
And speaking of showers, installing a reliable and efficient shower system will save more water. You can choose designs that produce more droplets with less water while ensuring a reduction in the total wastage caused by installation, heating and cooling. Ideally, look for shower systems with small and insulated hot-water pipes.
Before, a typical toilet used up to 7 gallons of water in a single flush. That’s because older toilets were not designed to conserve water. So, you might want to consider getting a new unit or give the old one a makeover.
Nowadays, efficient toilet units use just 1.28 gallons for each flush. You can opt for dual flush toilets that allow you to choose between two options— light flush and heavy flush. The former is suitable for getting rid of liquid waste by using as little as 0.8 gallons of water.
If you don’t plan on renovating your bathrooms yet, you can also get your existing toilet converted into a dual flushing system.
An effective plumbing system takes care of water consumption inside and outside your house. That includes the lawn sprinkler and irrigation controllers for those maintaining a farm. Regular inspection and plumbing maintenance are recommended to ensure minimum water wastage.
An old-fashioned, inefficient faucet can waste up to 2 gallons of water every minute. They are one of the common culprits of indoor water wastage. And so, we recommend upgrading your faucets with an aerator or replacing the old model.
This is one of the most inexpensive plumbing changes you can make that has a big impact. Save money on your water bill.
When using a heater, ensure that the distance between the heat source and the water outlet is minimal. The longer the length, the longer the waiting time, which means more water wasted.
You can ask your plumber to install a recirculating pump to facilitate the automatic pumping of hot water, even before the user turns on the outlet.
Your harvested rainwater can be used in your homes and business premises. You can use your collected rainwater for your garden, toilet, laundry room and many more.
With collected rainwater, you don’t have to worry about your water consumption and you’ll save a lot of money on your water bill.
These ideas can save over $400 in water wastage per year if they are consistently applied, and the great thing is they are free.
To handle any of your plumbing needs, reach out to Gold Coast Plumbing Company. We are available at your service from a burst pipe to water leaks, backflow prevention, leaking pipe and other plumbing issues. We can also install your water meter to help you keep track of your water consumption! No need to worry anymore about your water bill being higher than normal. So, feel free to call us on our helpline number or email us. You can even drop in your details on our official website, and we’ll get in touch with you shortly.
Our team of trusted plumbers and repair specialists brings you the best solutions at the most affordable rates. So, call us today and do your bit to save as much water as possible!