Here in Michigan, the Great Lakes surround us, so we may not be all too concerned with running out of water. However, do you know how much of that water that you use? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each American uses an average of 88 gallons of water a day at home, and the average family spends more than $1,000 per year in water costs. If you are smart about your water usage and conserving water, that can lead to cutting your water bill by over one-third of its total.
While we probably need not worry about a drought as bad as California went through over the past decade, a government study showed that 40 of the 50 states could face significant water shortages over the next 10 years, including Michigan. That means conserving water won’t just help your water bill, but can also help your fellow Michiganders.
The most effective way to save water is by investing in water-using products with a WaterSense label, meaning that the EPA has awarded them for meeting several important water-conserving standards. These products are at least 20 percent more effective than average products of the same type, achieve greater water efficiency, and ultimately will provide considerable water savings for you, the homeowner.
Even before upgrading your home’s appliances, you can make a difference by attempting to save water here and there around the house. For instance, turn off the tap when you are not actively using it. Brushing your teeth or scrubbing the dishes can create breaks in water usage, and these tiny changes add up to big savings.
Speaking of washing your dishes, think about how often you run your dishwasher. Do not run a partially full dishwasher. Same goes for your washing machine. Running multiple small loads will go through much more water than running fewer large loads.
Taking shorter showers is another great way to save water. An average showerhead could use up to five gallons of water each minute it runs, meaning cutting your shower down by just two minutes can save nearly 10 gallons.
As soon as you notice a leak, immediately fix it. This is important for many reasons well beyond just saving water, but could also mean saving your house. Hidden or neglected leaks will put more wear on your pipes and joints, can lead to incredible water damage around your home, and will create a suitable environment for mold to grow.
Conserving water around the house isn’t just a safe thing to do, but it’s a smart thing to do. There are many things that homeowners can do themselves to make a difference, and even more things your plumber can do. By making sure your plumbing is in good condition and works properly can better your home’s water efficiency, so let Kellermeier Plumbing help.
At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service. Call us today at 616-866-5134 for more information.