Now that this year is coming to an end, and a new year is arriving this is a great time to evaluate your home’s water-efficiency and setting goals for improving it.
Here are some ways that you and your family can improve water-efficiency in 2016:
- Use a timer on your sprinkler system. While it is not the time of year to really be thinking of it, now is a good time to make a plan. If you have a sprinkler system for your lawn or if you are planning to have one installed in 2016, use this time to read the manual and learn how to set the timer. Using a timer on your sprinkler system is a great way to use just the right amount of water.
- Check your toilet for leaks. Put a couple of drops of food coloring into the tank of your toilet and then wait 15 minutes (make sure no one uses the toilet during this time). After the 15 minutes has passed, lift the lid of your toilet and look in the bowl. If there is food coloring in there then you have a leak. A toilet leak can increase your water usage by 40%. This is a plumbing malfunction that should be repaired right away.
- Check your water heater. Make sure that the thermostat on your water heater is set to no higher than 120 degrees. This is the temperature recommended by most manufacturers and by the department of energy as the safest and most efficient temperature for hot water.
With 2016 just around the corner, this is the time to make sure that your home is as water-efficient as possible. If you are looking to purchase new appliances, make sure that the ones that you are looking at are energy star certified. These models are built specifically for utility efficiency, and while they might be a little bit more expensive at the outset, the money that you will save over the years of owning the appliances is far more substantial.