We need water, there is simply no doubt about it. From brushing teeth to washing our bodies to cooking our food, water is essential for the everyday tasks we partake in. Of course, water is incredibly essential for life as well, with the average human only able to survive an incredibly short span of time before dying of dehydration.
Here in the United States, we are lucky enough to have easy access to water in our very own homes. Just turning on a faucet brings the stuff of life, turning it hot or cold with relative ease. But the amount of water we use is often in excess, something that is hugely detrimental not only from a financial perspective but from a planetary one as well. With the average family of four using as many as 400 gallons of water in just one single day here in the United States, there’s no about it that everyone who is able should be taking steps to save water on a daily basis. With up to one trillion gallons of water wasted yearly by homes and business establishments and even factories, it’s clear that water conservation methods and initiatives need to become more of a priority than truly ever before here in the United States and all around the world as a whole as well.
Fortunately, it’s easier than you might realize and a smaller overall change in lifestyle than you might have initially thought. For instance, replacing old and breaking down appliances with new, more energy efficient ones can save both money, energy, and water, though they might have a higher initial starting price. From replacing a water heater to replacing your toilet, there are many ways to increase water efficiency in your home.
Replacing a water heater is likely to improve your overall quality of life as well, as those who avoid replacing a water heater when it becomes necessary often find themselves condemned to a life of cold showers and cold water all the time. Unless you want to heat up water for your bath on your stove, replacing a water heater is a relatively simple change to make – and just replacing a water heater can lower your energy bills, as the act of replacing a water heater introduces one that is much more efficient than your old one. Nowadays, in fact, people find that just replacing a water heater is usually enough to make their home more efficient in terms of energy and water usage than ever before.
Aside from replacing a water heater or any other outdated elements in your home, conducting necessary repairs is also key to saving water and money in the long run. Sewer repair, for instance, is quite important for health and safety as well as for water conservation and the repair of even small leaks can make a big difference in how much water you are able to conserve as well. If you’re wondering when to hire a plumber, it should be whenever you notice a leak in your home, as leaks are only likely to get bigger if they are left untreated. In fact, plumbing services can attest to the fact that up to 10% of all homes throughout this country alone have leaks so sizable that they are wasting as many as 90 gallons of water over the course of a single day, if not even bigger volumes of water than that.
Finding the right plumber to conduct these repairs can make a huge difference in the amount of water that is regularly used by your home. Of course, even more simple lifestyle changes can have a considerable impact as well. Choosing to shower instead of take a bath can have a huge impact on the amount of water that you personally use on a daily basis, as the typical bath tub will hold about 37 gallons water for the typical bath. However, it will be important to limit the time you use to take this shower, as a shower exceeding ten minutes can easily exceed 40 gallons of water. A shower that’s only five minutes, however, is likely to use far less.