If you’re looking to conserve water in the state of Arizona, especially during times of drought, then it’s good to know different ways of doing so. You may discover that you accidentally consume water in ways you never thought possible. You can check out the following list of tips to help you more effectively conserve water in the state of Arizona.
If, however, you’re trying to conserve water because of some sort of plumbing issue, you should know that a delay in fixing it can only make the problem worse. Don’t be afraid to call our experts at Plumbing by Jake as soon as a problem arises. We don’t bite! In fact, we’ll do everything possible to make sure we fix your problem as soon as possible so that you don’t suffer any longer than you already have.
1. Look for Leaks
One of the ways you may be using more water than you think is if you have a hidden leak underground. One of the best ways to determine this is to monitor your water usage on your bill. You can also check your yard for any unexplainable patches of wetness.
2. Watch Your Laundry
Before you run your next load of laundry, ask yourself how much of the laundry is truly dirty. Did you put a towel in the wash after only drying off with it once? Some outfits can be worn more than once, as long as they don’t smell. Laundry is one of the biggest consumptions of water in the home. Reducing the amount of laundry you do can certainly help conserve the state’s water supply.
3. Upgrade Your Toilet
Did you know that if you have a toilet older than 1994, you use between 3.5 and 5 gallons of water every time you flush? Compare this to the toilets of today, which only use about 1.3 gallons. That’s a significant difference!
Upgrading your toilet is one of the best ways to conserve water, as it is the largest consumer of water in the home. And it’s not even expensive – a new toilet will only run you about $100. And if you need a professional to help you install it, Plumbing by Jake is here to help!
4. Change How You Landscape
You may want to look into xeriscaping if you tend to water your outside plants a lot. Xeriscaping promotes water conservation in landscaped areas by replacing the plants and grass in your yard with artificial imitations, which need less water. Then, it’s a win-win – you have a pretty yard that requires less maintenance, and you save water in the process!
5. Be Smart About When You Water
When you water your plants and lawn is just as important as what you’re watering. You should avoid using just a light spray, which your yard can easily absorb and then you need to water your yard more often. Soak the plants and grass to the roots. You should also avoid watering when it is windy and try to aim your sprinklers so that they soak more of your yard – not the street or your driveway.
6. Take Showers
If your family is the kind who loves their baths, switching to the occasional shower can also help reduce water consumption. Of course, if you have little ones, this may not be so easy. But the adults in the house can certainly sacrifice a bath or two for a shower so the little ones can have their baths – and you don’t have to feel as guilty.
7. Upgrade Your Appliances
Another way to conserve water is to upgrade the appliances in your home that use the most of it, such as your dishwasher and washing machine. Of course, this may not be the best idea for everyone’s budget. But it’s something to keep in mind for when your current appliances have reached the end of their run, and you’re looking for something new. In addition to energy efficiency, you can also save water when you opt for an Energy Star-certified appliance.
8. Request a Water Meter Monitor
You can keep closer tabs on your water consumption than even your water company does by requesting a water meter monitor from your local water department. A water meter monitor will show you exactly what you are using as a family. You may also be able to monitor your usage on your company’s website. This can help you decide when/if to cut back and, if you do, you can see just how much you’re saving!
Need Help Conserving More Water? Call Plumbing by Jake!
If you would like to upgrade your existing plumbing fixtures to conserve more water, then Plumbing by Jake can help. Give us a call at (928) 377-5910 or fill out the contact form on our website. We offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee on all repairs and installations.
We serve several locations throughout the state of Arizona, so if you need help with a plumbing concern, don’t wait – call Plumbing by Jake today!