Strategies For Conserving Water In The Winter

Lots of people think that water conservation is only important in the summertime. No so! There are many ways in which people can easily help save in the winter too.

Here are a list of easy to do items that can be done around the house throughout the wintertime which will slow up the level of water we’re utilizing.

Winterize The Pipes

One important thing that can be done is to winterize the pipes. Ensuring that all your outside faucets are winterized will reduce the risk of your own water lines freezing and perhaps splitting during the wintertime.

Turn Down your Water Heater

While many conventional water heaters are set to 140 degrees F by installers, most households don’t need that much steam, and end up paying for it — in dollars and the occasional scalding burn. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees F (or lower) would reduce your water heating costs by 6% to 10%.

Insulation is Key

Insulating your hot water plumbing will certainly slow up the level of water required when using domestic hot water. By insulating your plumbing it’ll reduce the amount of time you need to allow the water to go from cold to hot. Pipe insulation is a comparatively cheap approach to decrease the quantity of unused water going down the drain.

Check for Leaks

Check for water leaks. You can use your water meter as a leak detection tool.  Turn off the water inside and outside and then check your meter.  Return a half hour later and read the meter, if the number on the meter changed you have discovered a leak somewhere.

Where’s the Master Shut Off Valve?

Locate the master water shut off valve in your home, and mark it for quick identification. If a water pipe were to burst, it could cause flooding and property damage, not to mention immense water waste, if the valve were left open.

We hope these simple tips have been helpful in making this an eco-friendly winter.

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