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5 Easy Ways to Save Water this Summer

In New York, overall utility costs have been rising due to increased fuel prices, a war overseas and supply chain issues, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save a buck or two on your total utility bill by conserving water.

In the summer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average family’s water use in the United States goes up from 320 gallons a day to as much as 1,000 gallons a day. This means that you are not only using more water but paying for more water, as well.

Read on for some easy ways to stop wasting water – and save on your utility bills in the process. You can always reach out to our Brooklyn plumbers for help or if you have any questions!

1. Shorten your showers

Trimming just two minutes off your shower time can save as much as 1,750 gallons of water per person over the course of a year. And, if you install a water-efficient shower head, you can save even more water.

2. Stop hand-washing dishes

If you hand-wash your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, you are wasting valuable water. If you have a modern dishwasher, it should be able to handle most food residue and, forgoing the sink rinsing beforehand is a great excuse to be a bit lazier during the summer!

3. Check the toilet for leaks

By putting a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank to see if it shows up in the bowl when you haven’t flushed can show whether our tank is leaking. Replacing your inexpensive rubber flapper can save up to 100 gallons of water a day.

4. Water your yard in the morning or evening. Use rainwater to do it.

Water evaporates quickly when the sun is high, so watering your yard in the morning or evening allows it to stay on the soil longer and soak in. Using a drip irrigation system can also reduce the amount you use. And, if you have a place to put in a rain barrel under a drain spout, you can also use this collected rain to water your plants.

5. Go to the car wash

Instead of washing your car at home, take it to the local car wash. Commercial car washes often use only 40 gallons of water compared to the more than 100 gallons you can use out of your own hose.

Help from the Brooklyn Plumbing Pros

If you have leaks or other plumbing problems, you can also unintentionally run up your utility bills or damage your home. Let the Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating help you find the problem and then solve it!

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