Water is the lifeblood of the desert, and adopting water conservation habits helps reduce the demand for this precious resource. Reducing water consumption will save you money on monthly utility bills, but when the entire neighborhood practices water conservation, it helps assure ample supplies during droughts. When it comes to water usage, even the smallest steps toward conservation make a difference.
- Whenever you see a leaking faucet or plumbing fixture, repair it. A leaking faucet not only wastes water, but can also stain your sinks, tubs and showers and provide an ideal place for mold growth. Mold unsightly, but even more so worrisome as its spores can trigger allergy or asthma attacks. It’s especially important to fix leaking hot water faucets since you’ve paid to heat the water dripping down the drain.
- Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator or in the microwave instead of running the tap over it.
- Replace old fixtures with WaterSense products. The WaterSense program is one of the U.S. EPA’s newest programs to make water conservation easier by labeling water-wise plumbing fixtures. Seventy-five percent of the water in a typical household is used in the bathroom, and you’ll see the greatest savings by replacing old toilets and showerheads first. If you’re looking for an inexpensive option for plumbing fixtures, choose faucet aerators with the WaterSense label for the kitchen and bathroom faucets.
- Consider a tankless water heater if you have a bathroom far from the water heater. Running the faucet until the water gets hot wastes a good deal of water and money. Point-of-use tankless heaters are small enough to sit inside the bathroom vanity and provide instant hot water.
- Scrape and soak the dirty dishes instead of rinsing them under a running faucet before you load them into the dishwasher and always wash a full load. If you need a new dishwasher and like to wash smaller loads, choose one that has a setting for variable load sizes.
- Use the washing machine’s load size selector to cut water usage.
The pros at Wolff Mechanical can help you with energy and water conservation projects. We provide HVAC service for Phoenix area homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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