Water conservation efforts help to preserve one of our nation’s most precious natural resources. It offers opportunities to save a significant amount of money and energy too. Heating water for bathing, cooking, and cleaning accounts for 16 percent of the energy used in the average Deerfield, Illinois, home. By adopting smart practices and choosing products that help you to save water, you can lower your heating costs as well as your water bill.
Take a Whole-Home Approach
The annual water bill for the average American family is $1,100. If you’d rather put your money towards reaching important financial goals, follow these simple steps to reduce water usage throughout your home:
- Bathrooms – Keep the tap off while brushing your teeth or shaving. Whenever possible, take showers instead of baths. To save $70 on your annual energy and water bills, replace showerheads with WaterSense products.
- Kitchen and Laundry – Operate your dishwasher and clothes washer only when they’re full. When washing dishes by hand, use a wash basin instead of running the tap. Minimize garbage disposal usage by tossing food scraps into a compost bin.
- Outdoors – Around 30 percent of household water usage goes towards outdoor use. Avoid wasting water by sweeping driveways instead of hosing them off and use a garden hose with a shut-off valve when washing your car. To increase the water conservation efforts even more, connect irrigation systems to a timer.
Keep Up with Maintenance Tasks
Properly plumbing maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to save water. From checking pipes under the sinks for leakage to cleaning calcium buildup from faucets, you can tackle some of these maintenance jobs yourself. To protect your home from the damaging effects of water intrusion, schedule periodic pipe inspections from a professional plumber.
Contact the Experts
When it comes to your plumbing, Carefree Comfort, Inc. cares about conservation practices that reduce your water usage and save you money. Since 1984, we’ve been proud to provide plumbing products and services throughout the Highland Park region. For more information, explore our plumbing solutions or call 847-388-0115 today.
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