Water Conservation Upgrades for New Homeowners
When introduced into the new world of home ownership, it can be quite overwhelming. Compared to apartment living where landlords often pay for water and trash bills, you now have to tackle those by yourself. With a need to conserve water in your first home, here are some suggestions on how to minimize your water use.
Upgrade your Fridge/Freezer
Older refrigerators and freezers are cooled through water flow, which can lead to an enormous waste of water, especially if you have the temperature set to low levels. Newer models, however, are controlled by air flow which is incredibly efficient and will help you to save much more water.
While it is important to do your laundry, make sure you are maximizing water efficiency when doing so. If you only do loads of laundry that fill the washer, it can save you hundreds of gallons in a given year. Remember, your washing machine uses a lot of water so small loads add up to a lot of wasted water.
Lawn and Driveway Care
Make sure to only use your sprinklers in grass. If your sprinkler runs over into the sidewalk or street, you are only wasting water. Additionally, when cleaning off your driveway after mowing the yard, make sure to use a broom. Push Brooms are very effective and a great alternative to spraying down your driveway.
The newest technology in sinks, shower heads and toilets have proven to be very beneficial in terms of water conservation. The older each one of these products are, it can add up to plenty of wasted water due to leaks and overall inefficiency. Another tip, you can keep a bucket of water with you while you shower then use that water to flush the toilet. A lot of people aren’t aware of that, but a heavy amount of water being added into a toilet bowl will flush it due to gravity.
Even towels can be reused a few times before they need to be washed as long as you keep them properly hung up to dry. If they are left on the floor just to collect mildew, then they will need a wash every time. You would be surprised how clean a towel can stay if hanged properly.
Always Check Piping
Leaky pipes can result in hundreds of gallons of wasted water. When moving in to your new home, make sure to check all of the pipes to make sure they are in working order. If there is a leak, you can either seek a professional or seal it yourself as there are many products for low prices that can quickly fix a minor leak and save you a lot of water and money.
Having a new instant water heater can save you a lot of water. Instead of running water until it gets warm enough for use, an instant water heater will make sure that as soon as the water is running, it is at the temperature you need it to be. To think about how effective this is, remember how long it takes for running water to normally get hot and save that water up. Do it every day and you will really see how much water you are saving by installing one of these instant heaters.
Use these tips every day and you will see changes in your water bill right away. You are doing yourself a favor, and the planet as a whole. We all need to do our part to conserve water and just these small and simple steps will go an incredibly long way if everyone uses them.
Angie Picardo is a writer at NerdWallet, a financial literacy website where you can find advice on how to find a financial advisor.