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5 Ways that Homeowners Waste Water Without Even Realizing It

5 Ways that Homeowners Waste Water Without Even Realizing It

No one actively seeks to waste water in their home. In fact, water conservation is on the mind of many homeowners in California due to the state’s most recent drought that lasted over seven years. However, sometimes even the most diligent among us waste water in their homes without even realizing it.

Here are some of the most common ways that people inadvertently waste water around the house.

1. Neglecting Leaks

Though a leak may seem small, it has the potential to waste a lot of water if not repaired. According to WaterSense, if your showerhead were to leak at a rate of one drip per second, that leak would result in over 3,000 gallons of wasted water in one year. 3,000 gallons of water would be enough to provide you with 180 showers.

2. Doing Laundry Without a Full Load of Clothes

In order to save more water, energy, money, and time, it’s best to only do laundry when you have a full load of clothes to wash. A high-efficiency washing machine will further decrease your water usage by measuring the amount of water needed to wash each load of clothes individually. In general, high-efficiency washing machines use about 15 fewer gallons per cycle than a standard washing machine.

3. Handwashing Dishes

Contrary to what a lot of people believe, handwashing dishes usually requires more water in the long run than running full loads of dishes in the dishwasher. As with a high-efficiency washing machine, an energy-efficient dishwasher will require even less water to clean just as effectively as a standard dishwasher.

4. Keeping an old, inefficient toilet

It doesn’t always pay to hang onto an old toilet, especially if multiple people are living under one roof. If your home has a toilet that was made prior to 1980, it could be using as many as 5 to 8 gallons per flush. While toilets installed in homes between 1980 and 1992 don’t use quite as much water, they still require anywhere from 2.5 to 2.6 gallons of water to flush. If you were to install a WaterSense (high-efficiency toilet), each flush would only require 1.28 gallons.

5. Watering at the Wrong Time of Day

Watering during hot temperatures can result in a lot of water lost due to evaporation. For this reason, landscaping experts recommend that you water your lawn or garden in the early morning up to about 10 AM. Watering at night is not recommended because this could lead to a fungus problem.

With over 20 years of experience, our team of skilled professionals at MVP Plumbing provides around-the-clock plumbing services at fair prices. Whether you’re in need of a plumbing repair or a water-saving upgrade, you can count on MVP Plumbing to provide top-notch service and craftsmanship.


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