Ways to Save Water at Home

A note that says "Don't forget to save water" above a bathroom sink.

We all love a long and hot shower, but our wallets sure don’t! While water is a necessity to our everyday lives, there are still ways to cut back on our usage that will have both our bank accounts and the environment thanking us. We don’t realize how much we flip our faucets on and off each day, but it sure is a lot.

While there’s endless ways to save water at home, we’re sharing a few of our favorite tips to help you conserve water usage in your house. Keep on reading to find out. And don’t worry, drinking less water is not the answer!

Turn Off the Faucet While Brushing Your Teeth

When you brush your teeth, do you keep the water running even when you’re not using it? Since most of us brush our teeth one to two times a day for about a minute or two each time, we don’t need the water running while brushing. Turning off the faucet during this task saves a lot more water than you realize.

Take Shorter Showers

No, we’re not telling you to take less showers, but try cutting them back by a few minutes! Or, try washing your hair less times a week which will automatically result in a shorter shower. Besides, washing your hair everyday strips it of its natural oils that you need to keep it moisturized!

Maximize the Use of Your Dishwasher

Don’t run your dishwasher unless it’s fully loaded. Approximately 25 gallons of water are used every time you run a load of dishes, so you want to make sure you’re maximizing its use and only running it when there’s a full load.

Wash Full Loads of Laundry

If you’re only running a few items of clothing in your washing machine at a time, you aren’t making the most of your machine. Try running your washer only when there is a full load of clothes in there and if you’re able to, utilize the quick wash setting on clothes that don’t need to be washed in hot water for a full cycle.

Check Faucets and Pipes for Leaks

When was the last time you checked your home for leaks? A leaky faucet that goes unfixed is not only wasting water drip by drip, but it’s probably the reason your water bills have been higher than normal lately. Check all of your faucets and pipes around your house to make sure you don’t have any leaks!

Check Your Toilet for Leaks

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if your toilet has a leak, but all you have to do is put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank and wait a few minutes. If you end up seeing any coloring appear in the toilet bowl, you have a leak and should call our team at Dr Rooter of Lexington to come out and diagnose the problem.

Keep Water in the Fridge

If you’re the type of person that doesn’t mind drinking water from the tap, you probably fill up your glass quite a few times a day. Each time you fill up your glass, how long do you stand there with the water running waiting for it to get cold? You’re wasting water simply by letting it run to get to the ideal drinking temperature.

Get a pitcher and fill it up with water to keep in your fridge. That way, you’ll always have cold water on hand and won’t have to worry about constantly turning the tap on and off to fill up your glass.

If you’ve noticed high water bills lately or think you might have a leak in your home, don’t hesitate to give our team a call at (803) 398-2090. You can avoid these costly water bills by acting quickly at the first sign of a leak, no matter how big or small!