Even though water is a common need in your San Francisco home, there are places where water is truly a luxury. Clean water is in abundance in many places and so it is often taken advantage of.
Even though it is good to use it when it is available, everyone should get better acquainted with how to conserve water usage and cut down the water bill a bit.
There are five simple changes anyone can make immediately to see a long-term difference.
Turn Off the Water When Brushing or Scrubbing
Many people stand at the sink, turn on the water and wait for it to heat up before they use. This is a bad idea. Hot water isn't necessary for brushing the teeth. Once the water is immediately turned on, use the water to brush teeth.
While a person is brushing their teeth, turn the water off. Turning the faucet off and on is better than running the faucet and wasting water. After turning the faucet on and off a few times to brush the teeth, the water should be warm enough for face and hand washing.
Decrease the Water Pressure and/or Water Flow
With just a simple turn of a knob, the water pressure can be decreased in the house. When the water pressure is set to a lower setting, the water flow isn't quite as powerful, but the amount of water that comes out isn't nearly as much either.
This forces a person to make better use of the water that's coming out of the spout and avoids the opportunity to mindlessly waste water.
Take Shorter Showers
Some people love to take hour showers, where they're in the shower for over an hour. There are others who love to think, dream, decompress, sing and even sleep while the water is beating down on them.
Yes, it is always helpful to relax and experience a little shower hydrotherapy, but not if a person is trying to cut down on their water usage. Place a timer on the sink for seven minutes.
This should be enough time to scrub down the entire body and do a bit of shaving. It may seem extreme, but a few more minutes of showering means many gallons of water down the drain.
An undetected leak can equate to hundreds of gallons of water wasted. The sad part is that it is done without knowledge. If the water bill seems to be higher than usual, check around the house for any leaks, water stains or spots. This may be a sign of something bigger to look at.
Use Dishwasher When it is Full
Instead of washing dishes, pots, pans, plates and the like after every meal, load the dishwasher. Once it is full, run it and allow the dishwasher to clean the dishes. This conserves the amount of water used for cleaning and it also gives the person a break from standing at the sink for long periods of time washing dishes.
All of these tasks might seem difficult, but before long, these tricks will feel like second nature. After a few months of practice and watching the water bill go down, these water conservation might have a trickle-down effect and inspire a person to cut usage in other areas of their San Francisco home as well!
Put savings in your pocket this month by cutting the water usage in your San Francisco, CA home. Call Magic Plumbing today at (415) 441-2255, and see how much you can save this month.