Despite our usually abundant annual rainfall here in Florida, we have seen some droughts in recent years. These days, it’s a good idea to be thinking about ways to conserve our precious water resources.
Saving water is good for the environment, as well as for your bank account, because reducing waste will lower your monthly bills. Fortunately, there are some easy steps that you can take to reduce your water consumption.
- Check your faucets and water-using equipment for leaks. A dripping faucet may not seem like it would waste much water, but those steady drips can add up to hundreds and even thousands of gallons in a year. Most leaks are inexpensive and easy to fix.
- Replace your old washing machine and dishwasher with newer, more efficient models. If you don’t want to invest in a new machine right now, it’s still possible to conserve by setting the water level in your machine to match your load size. In addition, wait until your dishwasher is completely full before running it.
- Replace old toilets, which use 4 to 7 gallons per flush, with water-saving 1.5-gallon models. Swap out old fixtures for water-saving showerheads and low-flow faucets.
- Don’t water your lawn if it is raining! If you have an automatic sprinkler system, adjust the settings throughout the year to match your actual water needs. You can also install rain sensors and ground moisture sensors to avoid sprinkling your lawn when it does not need water.
Call Aqua Plumbing & Air Quality Service for more information about saving water. We can help you fix those annoying leaks or take on bigger projects, like replacing your water heater. We have been serving the Sarasota and Bradenton areas since 1974, and we have unique expertise in handling the plumbing needs of homeowners in this special climate.