It doesn’t take a genius to know that West Texas is one of the driest climates in the U.S. Folks out here are even more aware than most of the importance of saving water. Not only is it good for the environment, but it’ll also save you money, too! In this post, we’ll offer some practical tips on how you can start saving water today!
USE THE DISHWASHER
Appliances like your dishwasher use a lot of water, right? Well, not necessarily. Leaving your sink faucet running for several minutes while thoroughly washing a sink full of dishes actually uses more water than a full cycle on the dishwater. Give your dishes a quick rinse to get rid of grease, crumbs, or other stuck-on food, then place them in the dishwasher rack and wait for it to fill up. An ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher only uses about 5 gallons of water, but washing by hand takes up to 25 gallons! As an added bonus, you’ll eliminate the clutter caused by leaving dirty or drying dishes sitting around your kitchen.
LOOK FOR LEAKS
If pools of water start appearing in your kitchen or bathroom, that’s a telltale sign of a leak. They can show up anyplace water is used, including the toilet, bathtub, sinks, showers, and the laundry room. Many fixtures have emergency shutoff valves that can also leak. Even if you don’t notice a leak, check your water meter. If the reading seems unusually high, you’ll know there’s an issue. Call an expert who can get to the root of the problem!
WATER HEATER MAINTENANCE
Your hot water heater is the heart of all the water that pumps through your home. Making sure it’s running efficiently can save water, and is easy to do with a little maintenance.