When it comes to conserving water, perhaps no state knows better than California. As homes and businesses in and around Sacramento continue to boost water-saving efforts, they are also experiencing the financial benefits this shift brings. If you are ready to kickstart your water conservation efforts, Bonney is here to help! Here is a look at three things you can do right now to start saving money and water in your home.
Upgrade to Efficient Plumbing Fixtures
Plumbing technology has evolved to optimize water usage while achieving the same (or often better) results found in older fixtures. If your home is not taking advantage of the latest water conservation features, you will be throwing money down the drain each time you use your sinks, showers, and toilets. Older fixtures may even leak when they are not in use. Upgrading your plumbing fixtures for water conservation can be as easy as changing your shower head or as comprehensive as complete bathroom renovations with new toilet, shower, and sink installations. When completing larger plumbing projects, you may find that this investment increases your home’s property value in addition to saving you money each month.
Some stats to consider from the Environmental Protection Agency
- Upgrading to efficient shower heads can save the average household $70, conserving more than 2,700 gallons of water annually.
- Upgrading to efficient faucets can save the average family $250 in electricity and water costs throughout the lifespan of the faucets.
- A high-efficiency makeover in your home’s primary restroom can pay for itself in savings within 1 year.
Water Softener Systems and Water Heater Flushing
Hard water contains excess minerals, which can build up inside of your appliances. This added layer of lime and sediments can cause water-reliant appliances—such as your washing machine and dishwasher— to become slow and ineffective. Water softening and conditioning systems prevent this mineral buildup, allowing your appliances to work effectively. Think of all of the water (and time) you would save if you didn’t have to pre-wash your dishes or run extended laundry cycles for effective cleanliness.
Another core victim of excess sediment buildup is your hot water heater. These sediments create a barrier between your unit’s heating properties and your water. Slow heating requires you to run the water excessively for it to reach your desired temperature. This sends clean water down the drain. The EPA estimates that the average household can waste up to 12,000 gallons of water each year waiting for an old hot water heater to kick in. Regular water heater flushing and other necessary water heater services will prevent unit declination and allow your water heater to work efficiently.
Repair Leaks in Your Plumbing System
Leaky plumbing is quite common, so many homes have become numb to the toll these leaks can take on their water usage and monthly bills. The EPA estimates that the average household can waste up to 180 gallons of water per week (9,400 gallons annually) from plumbing leaks alone.
Shower Leak Repair
- If you notice your shower leaking or dripping when it is not in use, it is wasting water and money. While you may think little of these small drops of water, leaky showers can produce 500 gallons of water waste each year.
Toilet Leak and Running Toilet Repair
- If your toilet is “running” (or cycling on and off), this means it is slowly leaking water internally. While you may not notice this leak because it keeps the water in your system, your water bill can take a serious hit. A leaky toilet can waste between 30 and 50 gallons of water each day.
Sink and Faucet Leak Repair
- Whether your faucet is dripping or a pipe is draining beneath your fixture, sink leaks have the potential to not only raise your water bill but also create costly damage to your home.
By taking care of leaks in your home, you can save water, save money, and keep your home protected from water damage. If you are not sure whether or not your fixtures are leaking, you may be in need of a water conservation inspection.
Water Conservation Inspections and Service
One challenging component of water waste is that you may not know it is happening. When subtle water leaks evade detection, they will slowly gouge money from your wallet. Even the costs of small plumbing issues can add up, and these problems can digress into larger issues abruptly. For a look at where you may be wasting water, consider scheduling a water conservation inspection. During this service, a professional plumber will examine your home closely to detect both water waste and opportunities for further conservation. Your plumber will then work with you to implement any improvements or repairs your home may need.
Bonney Water Conservation Services in Sacramento
Every small step you take towards conserving water adds up tremendously each year. Today, you can take the very first step towards a more environmentally-friendly home. Bonney Plumbing has all of the water conservation services you need to get started. Our specialists proudly serve the greater Sacramento area, including Folsom, Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Natomas, Placerville, Rocklin, Roseville, El Dorado Hills, and beyond. Contact the experts at Bonney to take advantage of our professional water conservation services today!