Dripping faucet

4 Ways You’re Wasting Water Without Realizing It

Your wasteful ways are costing you...BIG TIME! Water is a precious natural resource, and your absentminded misuse of it is being reflected on your utility bill.

You can save hundreds of gallons a month -- which equates to a nice chunk of change -- by curbing your water consumption. The best part? You won’t sacrifice your comfort and you’ll be doing a planet a huge favor.

Here are four ways you’re wasting water without realizing it.

Washing Dishes By Hand

It takes about 27 gallons to wash the equivalent of a full load of dishes by hand. It takes your dishwasher around 5 gallons. So, not only is your dishwasher more convenient, but it’s also much more efficient with water. (But wait until you have a full load before using it.) Today’s EnergyStar certified dishwashers use even less at about 3 gallons per load. That equals saving about $1,300 a year in energy and water costs.

Leaving on the Faucet While Brushing Your Teeth

If you're in the habit of leaving the tap on while you're brushing your teeth, quit it. Most people like to wet their toothbrushes at the beginning, but after that, there's no reason to have the tap water on until you're ready to get rid of all of the paste in your mouth and on the toothbrush.

This same principle applies to shaving. No need to keep your faucet running. Just turn it on when you need to rinse the razor. Better yet, shave in the shower.

Taking Long Showers

We know there’s nothing more relaxing than a long, hot shower at the end of the day, but maybe make that a once-a-week treat to yourself. Showering just five minutes a day can save you thousands of gallons a year. Plus, you’re not using as much energy to heat all that water.

Even better: Upgrade your showerhead to a low-flow model. A showerhead with the WaterSense label will save you an additional 2,900 gallons a year.

Ignoring Leaks

It’s time to stop tolerating that dripping faucet or running toilet once and for all. Small leaks add up! But the worst leaks are the ones you’re completely unaware of, such as a slab leak. Ensure your plumbing is watertight with a professional inspection.

For all of your plumbing needs, rely on McAtee Plumbing Heating & Cooling. To schedule your appointment, call (803) 335-5109.