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Water Conservation and Home Plumbing: How to Go Green for St. Patrick's Day

3 Tips to Save Water and Money

When it comes to being ecologically friendly, one of the things that any household can do is work on water conservation. This is a good practice for the planet and will help homeowners save money on their water bills. This article will outline several changes that anyone can make to do their part to save water and money.

Install Water Conserving Plumbing Fixtures

showerInstalling new water-saving plumbing fixtures and appliances means an initial monetary output, but the savings from such upgrades will allow them to pay for themselves.  A few examples of low-flow plumbing fixtures are:

  • Low-flow showerheads: This shower head helps a household reduce water usage without sacrificing water pressure. 
  • Dual flush toilets: These toilets have two different flushes, a full flush (1.6 gals) and a half flush (.8 gal). This can save a lot of water, considering that older toilets may use up to 7 gallons for a single flush.  
  • Touchless faucets: These faucets are turned on and off with a sensor. This conserves water through the speed with which it can be turned on and off and won’t waste water when not being used.

Practice These Easy Water Conservation Habits

Over the years, many public service announcements have covered simple tips for water conservation. None of these ideas are new, but it is always good to remember what people can do without spending money on anything new, just changing a few habits here and there. A few examples of this include:

  • Only running the washing machine or dishwasher when there is a full load.
  • Turning off the faucet while brushing teeth, washing the face, and shaving.
  • Taking shorter showers.
  • Turning off the kitchen tap while washing dishes by hand. 

Beware of Putting Trash Down the Toilet

toilet Toilet clogs are a common problem that wastes water. Toilet clogs can waste water by blocking the flow of water when it is flushed. The clogged toilet prevents the waste from being disposed of properly, which forces the toilet to use more water to try and flush the clog out. If anything other than toilet paper is flushed down the toilet, such as wipes, diapers, feminine hygiene products, and cotton swabs, it can cause a blockage in the drainpipe. This puts pressure on the drainage system, which can result in backup and flooding in the home. 

In addition, these inorganic materials can pollute the ocean when flushed down toilets. It is important to note that only toilet paper should be flushed, not other foreign objects. Proper disposal of waste items such as wipes and diapers will help reduce water waste and protect the environment from pollution.

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