The slow economic growth in the United States since the 2007 global financial crisis has led many families to look for ways to save money. One way many people are doing this is by altering their daily water use habits. Read on for how to reduce your household’s water use.
Fixtures represent the biggest contributor to water use in American households, and showers, sinks, outside faucets and toilets can all drain water and your wallet. In fact, up to 70 percent of water use occurs in the bathroom. Making small changes like limiting shower time, turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth, and even turning the shower off while you apply soap can help to substantially reduce your water use. If you want to see an even greater impact on your water use, you can even install low-flow fixtures to replace the old ones.
High daily water use habits can also come from how you use your kitchen appliances, including your dishwasher and your washing machine. Many people rinse their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, and they end up using much more water because of it. Instead, you should scrape any food off dishes before you place them in the appliance. When you do loads of laundry, you should also set the machine to use no more water than is needed. Additionally, when the time comes for you to upgrade or replace your existing machines, opting for WaterSense appliances can help you reduce your water budget.
If you find yourself in need of expert advice for water conservation or any other home comfort issues, please contact Comfort Systems. We have been providing budget- and eco-friendly service in the Wichita area for more than 120 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Wichita, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about daily water use and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.