Contact with a recent Nashvillian that called in with concerns about the amount of water being used in their home, and the amount of money it was costing them, prompted scheduling an evaluation of their home to determine what sources that were causing a problem and what potential solutions there were to increase their overall water efficiency. More often than not, families don’t stop to think about how finite of a source that water can be, especially with how convenient our lives are made by getting what resources we need as simply as turning a handle or pressing a button. We were glad to meet the concern of this homeowner where we could all make a difference for the environment, let alone their pocket book.
Our team of professional technicians took a look at the plumbing fixtures throughout the home, searching for sources of leaks, dysfunctional systems, or poorly installed products that were causing problems. Aside from some fixes that were made to heavy water consuming appliances, like applying some updated nozzles designed for increased efficiency for example, there were no significant problems that could be found contributing to steep water usage. It was determined then that the lifestyle habits would most likely provide the greatest amount of change. The following tips, however, were given to the homeowner and would definitely help increase the overall efficiency of the home with some time to purchase and install them, and begin to right away give back to what they were spending.
High Efficiency Sprinklers
Sprinkler system usage is a huge contributor of a high water bill from any home, unless they have invested in a high-efficiency sprinkler system. Inefficient systems don’t deliver the water to your plants with a flow that helps soak the ground where they receive it readily. An economic system can help save up to 45,000 gallons of water per year!
Low Flow Bathroom Fixtures
Showers and toilets are two of the largest contenders for big water consumption. Showers can make things harder in your attempt to save water, when unwinding after a hard day and soaking up some relaxation may keep you wanting to spend an extended period of time while the water continues to run. Utilizing fixtures like low-flow faucets, shower heads, and toilets can help your family use at least 20% less water!
New and Improved Dishwashers
While these appliances aren’t the top on our list of water consumers, the model of dishwasher you are using is important to take in to account if you are trying to improve your overall water usage. Older dishwashers have shown to use up to 10 gallons per cycle, while newer models can achieve a clean load of dishes in as little as half that amount. Looking into the same approach for other fixtures like washing machines, etc. can also prove to be a good investment.
The above suggestions were given as a means of helping the homeowner reach their goal where there were no faulty plumbing problems to address or repair. They kept our number for giving a call to help install the new appliances they were planning to purchase on their water saving journey. If your family is looking to improve the same areas of their life, give us a call at (615) 227-2811 at Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. today.