According to many experts, water is one of the most precious resources we have; second only to air. It is also one of our most vulnerable resources. Because of this we are constantly looking for steps you as a homeowner can take to save water and energy. This list will grow and change each week as we add more information and ideas. Keep checking back and we hope it helps…
- Upgrade to a low flow toilet in each bathroom. You could save up to 4,000 gallons each year with this one small action. (That’s about one-half gallon to five gallons per flush.)
- Install a water-saving shower head. It can reduce your hot water use by 50 percent and shouldn’t lower your water pressure. You can save up to two gallons per minute.
- Check regularly for any leaks in your toilet, faucets and water hose bibs and have them repaired or replaced.You could save up to 200 gallons per day.
- Take short showers rather than baths and you’ll save two to five gallons per minute.
- Check your sprinkler system and ensure it is watering efficiently. The single largest use of water in a home is often a poorly-set or poorly-monitored sprinkler system.
A Goulds Water Technology professional dealer can help you with any of these tips.
- Those darn light bulbs. Did you know the old incandescent light bulbs are being phased out by law? It’s true. Get ahead of the curve and replace those regular incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. According to lightbulbs.org, CFLs use 60 percent less energy than a regular bulb. This single switch saves approximately 300 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.
- Sources say heating water is a household’s third largest energy expense accounting for approximately 14 percent of utility bills. Insulating your pipes could save you up to 35 percent on your utility bills as can insulating your water heater in an insulation blanket.
- Speaking of hot water heaters…once a year, have a plumber flush your hot water heater. They’ll drain the water heater tank completely and then flush the tank by turning the water off and on in bursts to break up minerals and sediment inside the tank.
- Always use cold water when it will do the same job as hot water. Many people find that washing clothes in cold water actually preserves the fabric longer than washing in hot water as whites and colors stay vibrant and crisp, rather than fading due to the hot water.
- Add an extra layer of insulation to your attic, in any noticeable crawl space and next to basement walls, especially if you have an old house. Also, if you can afford to, have a contractor change your single pane windows to double hung sashes for additional insulation and “R” factor.