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May 30, 2011
It makes sense that the less water you use, the more money you save, but it’s easy to overlook simple ways to cut down on water waste. Reducing water waste can really make a difference from both a conservational and money-saving standpoint. Believe it or not, seemingly small steps can make a huge difference.
Reuse water whenever you can.
When you drain or rinse pasta, save the water in large pot or basin. Instead of rinsing fruit and vegetables under a steady stream of water, use the cooled pasta water to wash your food. The water can then be used to water houseplants or vegetables in your garden. If you don’t like the water sitting around for too long, just set it aside and when you’re finished cooking, rinse the chopped vegetables and other food down your garbage disposal instead of using fresh tap water.
Don’t let the water run.
If you’re one to let the water run until it’s hot enough, installing an Insta-Hot water heater underneath the sink is something to consider. Insta-Hot water heaters offer hot or boiling water on demand, without the need to wait for the water to run until it reaches the desired temperature.
It’s also recommended that you know where your main water shut-off valves are. In the event of a plumbing emergency, shutting off the water supply can prevent water from being wasted and often eliminate water damage.
Even the smallest drips and leaks can add up into a big waste of water. In many homes small leaks can sometimes go undetected until they become a big problem. Having a plumbing inspection can identify them before it’s too late and help pinpoint potential problem areas, so they can be repaired, too.
Switch to energy efficient products.
Many products available today offer more efficient alternatives to their older counterparts. Both tankless and traditional water heater technology has come a long way as have dishwashers and washing machines. One of the biggest water guzzlers, the toilet, can save you thousands of gallons each year by switching to a low-flow model. Instead of using sometimes up to 5 gallons of water per flush, you can get by with as low as 1.6 gallons.