Water conservation is not just a concern for homeowners. People who live in multi-unit spaces also desire to keep their utility bills low. Here’s a few tips from Mr. Plumber Plumbing Co. to keeping water conscious at work, in dorms or apartments.
– Typically, the building owner is responsible for plumbing repairs and maintenance. Maintenance is important to avoid costly repairs and ensure water efficiency. While you may not care in the long run about your major plumbing appliances, saving money on your water utility bill should concern you.
– Water-saver fixtures, such as aerators for your faucets and low-flow toilets, help keep your water bill low.
– Encourage the owner to invest in a water softener. Especially in San Antonio, hard water can wear away your pipes and fixtures prematurely. Heating water in a water heater loaded and lined with calcium build up takes a great deal of time and energy, driving up your energy bill.
– Report leaks or plumbing problems immediately. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), repairing a leak can save you up to 10% on your water bill.
– Many apartments maintain lush lawns to entice new residents. So ask if your complex or owner is using purple irrigation lines. These lines use recycled, non-potable water reserved for irrigation purposes.
– The majority of campuses have taken sustainability very seriously. Stanford University has gone so far as to create a website portal that allows students to view water and energy consumption on campus daily, weekly and monthly! Ask your advisor about sustainability clubs or groups on campus.
– Wash full loads or combine laundry with a friend to ensure load efficiency.
– Place a bottle of water filled with pebbles or stones in your toilet tank. Less water will be used to refill the tank, thus saving water.
– Take a shorter shower or shower.
– Only flush toilet paper and waste. DO NOT FLUSH WIPES OR TAMPONS!
– Report leaks or other plumbing issues immediately.
– Investing in a water cooler can save you money in the long run.
– Find out how much you are currently spending on water as a utility. Create a plan to minimize water usage.
– Ensure your business uses water saving fixtures and low-flow toilets.
– Purchase high-efficiency water fixtures. If you do not shower or wash dishes, consider a lower gallon water heater.
There are tons of opportunities at work, home or in public to conserve water. Water conservation is a lifestyle and can be applied to multiple types of living situations.