Three Ways to Save Some Green for St. Patrick’s Day
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that the average household spends over $1,000 on water costs yearly. That’s just one family! Thankfully, there are many things homeowners can do to reduce their water consumption and save money on water bills. This blog will share three tips to help save both water and money.
Turning Off the Water During Routine Tasks
Some easy habit changes that can save a lot of water include:
- Turning off the water when shaving: Shutting the water off when shaving can save 10 gallons of water per shave.
- Turning off the tap when brushing teeth: Keeping the water on while brushing one’s teeth can waste 8 gallons of water daily.
- Shutting off the faucet when washing dishes: Turning off the kitchen sink faucet while washing dishes by hand can save 10 gallons of water.
Installing Water-Saving Fixtures and Appliances
Water-saving plumbing fixtures are becoming increasingly popular for households and businesses looking to reduce their water consumption and save money. Examples of water-saving appliances include low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets.
Low-flow showerheads use less than 2 gallons of water per minute, compared to standard showerheads that use around 2.5 gallons per minute. This seemingly small difference can add up over time for savings. Low-flush toilets use less than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, compared to old toilets may use about 3.5 gallons per flush. Households can use at least 20 percent less water by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances in their homes, leading to significant savings.
Prevent Toilet Issues
The only things that should go down the toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Flushing anything else risks causing toilet clogs, and clogged toilets can also be wastewater. When a toilet is clogged, it uses additional gallons of water to flush the obstruction.
Clogs can also occasionally result in the toilet's flapper valve staying open for an extended period, allowing water to run continually and waste significant amounts of water. To prevent toilet clogs, homeowners should refrain from flushing anything other than toilet paper down a toilet.
About RCL Mechanical
RCL Mechanical is a locally-owned and operated plumbing, heating, and cooling business serving Taunton and the surrounding communities. They offer flat-rate prices, a membership plan, and the latest technology. Call them today for clogged toilet repair or bathroom and kitchen plumbing services in Taunton, MA.