Following the governor’s Executive Order 2020-21 regarding COVID-19, many Michigan families are spending much more time at home. This means that you will put your utilities through the ringer. It’s best to know which ways you can start saving water at home before the bill goes through the roof.
It is likely that you will want to keep your utility bills low, but that means being smarter with their usage. Using daylight can help keep your energy and heating usage down, plus there are already some ways that you can conserve your water usage. During this extra time spent at home, there are still more ways that you can cut back on your family’s water use.
Besides turning off the faucet when it’s not in use, or running the dishwasher only when it’s full, you can save water in the kitchen another way. For those without a dishwasher, or families that prefer to hand wash their dishes, you can take advantage of dual sinks in the kitchen. Instead of letting the water run, you can fill one of your sinks with hot, soapy water for washing, and the other with cool, clear water for rinsing. If you have one larger sink, you can accomplish the same with two large bowls.
Learn to repurpose the water used, too. When you rinse fruits or veggies, capture that water beneath a colander and you can use that to water some plants around the house. You can do the same when you are running the tap and waiting for the hot water to come out.
You know that shortening your shower time will save water, but also know how much water you can save by showering instead of running a bath. Most Americans will fill their tub with roughly 30 gallons of water, whereas a standard showerhead will use about 2.5 gallons in one minute. That means taking a 10-minute shower will use 25 gallons, less than an average bath.
Switching to a low-flow showerhead will save even more water. Those conservative showerheads can use nearly two gallons of water each minute and taking quicker showers with low-flow showerheads will save even more water.
These are just some things that you can do in your home to cut back on your water usage. As the weather gets nicer and you spend more time outdoors, there are even more things you can do to cut back and water used. Until then, focus on the plumbing in your home and use your water as efficiently as possible, and Kellermeier Plumbing can 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.