According to National Geographic, you lose 14% of your daily indoor water usage to leaks. That’s about 10 gallons of water you could’ve used to water your plants.
The leading culprits of water usage are washers, toilets, and showers. According to the US Geological Surveys, showers can produce up to 5 gallons per minute. 1.6 gallons of water is used each time a toilet flushes, and dishwashers can push out 6-16 gallons per cycle.
Conservation of water is essential not only for your community but for our environment. Here at Lowery, we strive to help you save water in your home every day. We only use solid brass domestic valves and shut off and our new solid brass quarter turn angle stops will provide a lifetime of reliability.
Helpful pointers for saving water in your home:
- Stay aware. One of the top ways to conserve water in your house is to keep the mentality of water conservation on your mind.
- Take shorter showers. We understand that a soothing hot shower can be therapeutic after a towering day. Aim to knock off a few minutes and trust us; it will show on your bill.
- If you have a dishwasher, put it to use! You may think that washing dishes by hand is more water efficient, but it’s not! The average person uses roughly 25 gallons of water per load by hand versus a minimal 3 gallons with an Energy Star rated dishwasher. Just remember to scrape off food scraps before placing the dishes in the dishwasher.
- When it’s time to brush your teeth, turn off the faucet. You can use up to a gallon of water while brushing.
- Fix dripping shower heads or faucets.
- Look for signs of leaks. Look for warping, rust, damp or soft spots around the dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, sinks, water heater, and bathtubs and toilets.
- Be aware of sounds, sensations, and smells! Listen to see if your toilet is running during the day. Smell for odors coming from floors or walls. Track your water bill. If it is slowly rising each month or increasing drastically, there might be a leak somewhere in your home.
- Cover your pool year round. A typical backyard in West Texas can lose up to 20,000 gallons yearly due to evaporation. For larger pools, consider a roller type cover device that can retract on command — making storage easy and convenient.
- Test your toilet for internal leaks. Undiscovered leaks from the tank to bowl could waste tons of gallons a day. Just drop some food coloring into the tank and see if that dye makes into the bowl. If it does, your toilet needs a new rubber flapper.
Calculate how much water you may be using per day.