How to Cut Water Costs and Preserve the Environment
Most of us give little thought to how much water we use. Compared to other utilities, like heating, water bills are relatively inexpensive for homeowners. Renters typically don’t pay for water at all. These factors and the seeming abundance of water in many areas tend to put water conservation under the radar for most of us. “The plumbing industry has long been concerned with making products that use less water,” says Colin Thielmann, who is part of the research and development team for Delta Faucet Company. “However, in the past, many products that saved water didn’t perform to consumers’ needs and expectations. Technology has allowed for the creation of products such as electronic kitchen and bath faucets and water-saving showers and toilets that deliver a great experience while using significantly less water.” Having the right products is only part of the answer. Changing behaviors at home can go a long way toward conserving water and energy – and at the same time preserving our environment. Here are a few ways you and your family can help: Out of Doors • Wash the car using a bucket of soapy water and a bucket of clean water rather than running a hose. Use biodegradable soaps that are environmentally friendly. This keeps water that drains into storm sewers free of caustic substances. • During summertime, be conscious of using hoses and water sprinklers for fun. • Water the lawn early in the morning or in the evening when water evaporates more slowly. • On rainy days, turn off the automatic sprinkler system. In the Kitchen • Learn to reuse: don’t pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it, such as watering a plant or cleaning. • Don’t use running water to thaw frozen foods. Use the microwave or put them in the refrigerator to thaw the night before. • Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl rather than running water. In the Bath More water is used in the bathroom than any other room in the home. • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth. • Make sure the drain stopper is in place before you turn the faucet on when taking baths. • Take shorter showers. You can even set goals and time yourself. • Install a low-flow showerhead. This will not only save water, but also will conserve the energy that it takes to heat the water. • Fix a leaky faucet or a running toilet. Fixing leaks can save around 20 gallons of water per day. These are just a few of the things that can be done in everyday life to conserve water and energy. The earth may be two-thirds water, but only 1 percent of it is considered drinkable. By changing simple behaviors within the home, we can all do our part to preserve this precious resource. For more tips and information on water-saving products visit www.deltafaucet.com or call Delta Faucet Company at (800) 345-DELTA. Call me with any questions.