On Earth Day, Stop Letting Water Go Down the Drain

It’s Earth Day 2014 and as your Phoenix local plumbing expert, I’d like to share some water saving tips for you that don’t cost you anything other than some time and effort.

You should know that the average person in your home uses 70 gallons of water per day. Cutting back on water usage really does positively impact the environment. Here are some areas around the house where you can save water. Try a few on Earth Day then pick one or two to make a habit and feel good about the difference it’s making. The main idea is to literally stop letting water “go down the drain.”

In the kitchen

Stop pre-rinsing your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. Most dish washers can handle even your toughest messes, even stuck-on food.

Use your dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes. Running a full or nearly-full load actually uses less water than hand washing.

Capture the water you use when rinsing vegetables and use it to water your plants.

Toss dropped ice cubes into your house plants, too.

In the bathroom

Time your showers and consider turning the water off while you’re lathering up. Keeping showers shorter than five minutes can save up to 1,000 gallons per month.

Turn the water off while brushing your teeth.

Outside

Capture the water from your shower while you’re waiting for it to heat up and use it to water your shrubs and flowers instead of running the hose.

Prune plants properly to use water more efficiently.

Cut back on how long you run your drip system every day.

Small changes really do make a big difference. Let us know which ones you’re planning to try on our Facebook page!

If you’re wondering where you might be leaking or wasting water, contact Ben Franklin Plumbing AZ for an inspection today! (480) 812-1855