In this article, we will discuss the first five of tips for reducing water usage during the hot summer months.
1) Take Your Vehicle to the Car Wash
In the Asheville area, from April to June, regardless of the color our cars, they always seem to have a slight yellow hue. When you wash your car at home, you will use as much as 100 gallons of water. Homeowners can reduce their home water usage significantly by utilizing commercial car washes this summer. Besides the benefit of keeping the water usage off your energy bills, and helping a small business, commercial car washes use as much as 60% less water per wash.
2) Have a Professional Plumber Repair Your Toilet Leak
A leaking toilet may not seem like a major concern, but when it continues to run, it can waste as much as 7,000 gallons of water in a single month. One dripping faucet can waste upwards of 250 gallons of water per month. Other leaks that will dramatically increase your water bill, include:
- Leaking shower heads
- Leaking pipes under your home
- Leaking dishwashers, washing machines
- Leaking water heater connections
- Leaking hoses or sprinklers
Running toilets and leaking pipes and appliances should be addresses as soon as possible. In additional to increased water consumption and bills, when leaking plumbing is not repaired by a professional plumber as soon as possible, a minor issue can soon become a costly and expensive, catastrophic plumbing failure.
3) Only Do Laundry When You Have a Full Load
Homeowners can reduce water usage and bills considerably by using their washing machines less. You may also consider replacing your old washing machine with a newer, more energy efficient unit. Additionally, exchange rubber hoses for stainless steel braided pipes, and close your hot and cold water valves when you leave for summer vacation.
4) Inspect Your Hose and Sprinkler Connections
When you are filling the pool, rising the lawn mower, or watering your grass and plants, you could be wasting significant amounts of water. When using your hose or sprinkler, make sure their connections to faucets are tight, in order to limit the amount of water waste.
5) Take the Kids to the Swimming Hole
When the heat is sweltering, rather than filling the kiddie pool or playing in the sprinklers, give your plumbing systems a break by visiting one of Asheville’s renown swimming holes. There are hundreds in the area, including: Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls, Turtle Back Falls, and many more. For plumbing installation and repair needs, contact Barlow Plumbing, professional plumbers serving Asheville and western North Carolina.