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How to Minimize Water Waste in Your Home

Is your water bill higher than you think it should be? Are you unsure how to cut down on water waste without overhauling your life? You are not alone — many Americans have this problem. Thanks to advances in technology, there are new and better ways to cut down on water usage without drastically changing your lifestyle. Plumbing companies in Bethlehem, PA, like Curtis Total Service, can install a new water-saving appliance in your home for a reasonable rate. 

High-Efficiency Toilets

One of the options you might consider is installing high-efficiency toilets in your bathroom at home. Federal law says that no toilet is allowed to use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. High-efficiency toilets use an average of about 1.28 gallons. Some high-efficiency toilets use as little as 1.0-0.8 gallons, giving consumers a lot of choices when selecting the right toilet for them. Some regular toilets can even be retrofitted with a dual flush feature, which allows you to choose how much water your toilet uses when flushing.   

Low Flow Faucets  

Another way to reduce water waste is by replacing the older faucets in your home with newer, low flow models. According to the EPA, a low flow faucet uses about 30% less water than a traditional model, which can save your household 700 gallons per year. Reducing water usage by this much can also help families save on energy costs, as less hot water used means less energy exerted by water heaters.  

Shower Head Flow Restrictors 

Just like with faucets, you can save water every day by reducing the average output of your showerhead with a flow restrictor. These are easy to install and can reduce the average daily water usage of your shower by up to 66% without compromising flow quality.  

Repair Leaks 

This may seem obvious, but sometimes people have a leaky faucet or toilet and may not even be aware of it. Leaks in a toilet’s tank can be difficult to detect, but one method you can use to check your tank is the “food coloring test.” Drop a little bit of food coloring into the tank of your toilet and wait a few minutes. If you start to see the color appear in your toilet bowl, then your toilet is leaky. A leaky tank can account for more than 100 gallons of water waste per day, but a skilled plumber can take care of it and save you money in the long run.  

Water-saving appliances are a smart lifestyle choice and a sound investment that can save homeowners money on water and energy costs. If you’d like to learn more about plumbing repairs in Allentown, PA, to save you money on your water and energy bills, reach out to Curtis Total Service for more information.