How to best conserve energy and water are both essential topics for anyone to know. However, there are some water conservation facts that you may not be aware of. Knowing these facts and alternative conservation methods can make you even smarter when it comes to using your water resources.
Water Conservation Fact 1: Leaks Cause More Water Loss Than You Know
Water leaks throughout your home may not cause major water damage. However, these small drips from running toilets or leaking faucets cost the average American 10 gallons of water use daily, which accounts for about 14% of water use.
To reduce the impact of leaks on the planet’s water reserves and your water bill, have a plumber inspect your home for leaks and repair those. Opting for low-flow water fixtures can also reduce the amount of water that you actively use. For example, switching from a traditional faucet to a high-performance model can reduce water use from that faucet by 31%.
Water Conservation Fact 2: Food Production Accounts for a Large Amount of Water Use
To produce the food of an American daily diet for one person requires 1,000 gallons of water each day. This surpasses the daily amount of water people average around the globe for all uses, including diet. The global water footprint per person for diet, home use, transportation, and more is only 900 gallons per day.
You can choose less impactful food options such as vegetarian foods instead of hamburgers or opting for locally produced foods rather than those imported, which require higher water use for transportation.
Water Conservation Fact 3: Outdoor Water Use Exceeds Indoor Use
Most homes use 60% of their water for keeping up their lawns and gardens. This does not include swimming pools, which need an average of 22,000 gallons to fill and can easily lose hundreds of gallons a month from evaporation.
Reduce your home’s outdoor water use by choosing a lawn layout that matches the natural flora of your area. Therefore, you will not have to water the plants because they are adapted to the rainfall amounts of your climate. Also, if you own a swimming pool, keep it covered when not in use to avoid water loss.
Let Plumbing Concepts Upgrade Your Home for Better Water Conservation
If you want to improve your water conservation at home, contact us at Plumbing Concepts to find out how you can get greener water fixtures and appliances. We can help you with installing a tankless water heater or replacing your home’s fixtures with models that reduce water use and waste. See how much water you can save with water-conserving options for your plumbing with a call to us today at (951) 356-9957.