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Many households use more water than they need to. But, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce you and your family’s water usage without taking away from your general quality of life.

The easy to integrate steps will serve the added function of saving you some money each year on your water bill too.

Always Fill Your Washing Machine

Not all washing machines are the same. Some are very small, accepting loads of only around 2 cubic feet while others can take almost 6 cubic feet of clothing. For owners of smaller machines, you most likely seldom run it with anything less than a full load. But, for owners of larger models it’s very common to run the machine when it’s only half full.

Running your washing machine with anything less than a full load means you are going to run it more often. Thus, you are going to end up using much more water due to the extra washes throughout the year.

Save on your water usage by only running your washing machine with a full load.

Don’t Leave Your Taps Running

It’s of course impossible to keep the tap off 100% of the time, but when you aren’t directly using it, your tap should be off. That means it’s fine to run water when preparing your toothbrush, but turn it off when you start to brush your teeth.

Additionally, if you are hand washing your dishes, open the tap for rinsing, but close it when you are actually scrubbing your plates and glasses.

A running tap can use over a gallon a minute. Keeping your taps off whenever possible saves an incredible amount of water.

Fix Dripping Taps

Leaky taps are more than just annoying. They are extremely wasteful as far as water usage is concerned.

While a small drip may not seem like a lot of water, over time all of those tiny drips really add up. In fact, a single leaky tap can waste over 2 gallons per day. That’s over 700 gallons a year per tap.

If you have any leaks in your home, make sure to get them fixed right away.

Keep Your Showers Short

Nothing uses more water in a home than your shower. A typical shower head can use more than 5 gallons of water for every minute of use. And, when you consider it’s not uncommon for people to take showers of 10 minutes or longer, it’s easy to see how significant your water usage savings can be by shortening yours.

Another way to limit the water you use while showering is to install a more water-efficient shower head. You’ll instantly see the difference.

In Summary

By making some very minor changes in your day to day activities can make an extremely significant impact in how much water your household uses. And, by cutting down on wasteful water usage you can minimize your water expenses.

The above tips are only some of the ways you can cut down on your family’s water usage. If you are interested in more help with making your home more water-efficient, get in touch with Local Plumbing Service today.