While Arizona may not be experiencing the major drought conditions facing other states, it is still wise to follow water conservation practices. A few easy to learn habits can help you save water, which is good for both the environment, and your utility bill!
Small Insidious Leaks
Even the smallest leaks, which produce just a single drop at a time, can end up wasting as much as 20 gallons a day. Now imagine if you have more than one of these small leaks in your home. The waste will really add up. Check pipes and faucets for minor leaks. Usually minor leaks can be fixed just by tightening a washer. If the problem persists, you should call a professional plumber.
Hunting Hidden Leaks
After you have meticulously inspected every faucet in your home, and checked every inch of exposed pipe, you may think your home is leak free. You may be right, but there is one more step to take before you can be absolutely sure. Turn off all sources of water, and then go find your home’s water meter. Note the reading. Ensure no water is used for several hours, then return and note the reading again. If it is the same, you have no hidden leaks. If it has changed, water was flowing somewhere, and you are going to have to hunt the leak down.
Increasing your home’s water efficiency can be simple, but it also depends entirely on you. Only run the dishwasher when it is completely full. If your dishwasher does not recommend pre-rinsing, avoid this step. When doing laundry, skip the permanent press cycle, as this causes the wash to use an additional 20 gallons of water. One of the most effective water conservation tips, and one of the most publicized, is simple – turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth.
By using these simple water conservation techniques you can watch your utility bill shrink, while Arizona’s water reserves continue to grow and grow!