Recent drought conditions across much of the country has prompted many municipalities and entire states to put in place restrictions on water use by businesses and homeowners. Even those not living in hot, dry and drought-stricken areas should be concerned about their energy usage. You can not only help our environment, but save money on your utility bills by using the below methods for conserving energy.
You may not know it, but your water is categorized by color. Any water that goes down your drain is given a designation by water treatment specialists. Blackwater refers to the drainage from your toilet and sink, and cannot be reused with proper treatment at your local treatment plant. Water that comes from your dishwasher, washing machine, showers and tubs and bathroom sink is referred to as greywater, and can be reused in your garden (only non-edible plants, please) or for toilet flushing. Ask your plumber to install a greywater reuse system, which directs the appropriate water into holding tanks for use later.
Tankless Hot Water Heater
Traditionally, your hot water heater holds water at a continuous pre-determined temperature until ready to use, which uses energy 24 hours a day. New, "on demand" systems, however, provide almost instant hot water only when needed, resulting in a rise in energy efficiency of as much as 24–34%.
Tips for Conserving Water Everyday
Leaky pipes waste our natural resources and cost you money, so make detecting that leak a snap by doing the following:
Note the meter reading.
Do not use any water in your home for about an hour.
Note the meter reading again; the number should be the same as the initial reading.
New flappers and fill valves are an easy fix for a wasteful and annoying constantly running toilet.
Add a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank to check for leaks. Just drop it in and watch for the appearance in the toilet bowl. Be sure to remove any coloring that appears in the bowl promptly to avoid staining.
Have your plumber install a new high-efficiency toilet. These toilets use less water and provide efficient flushing with high pressure action.
Use timers to ensure that your sprinklers turn off before sending gallons of extra water into your yard and out into the street.
Your water and energy use can be reduced by using the above tips, so don't waste any time before contacting a professional plumber to assist in implementing these conservation methods.