Best Plumber Tips: What Are the Two Biggest Water-Using Appliances?

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Best Plumber Tips: What Are the Two Biggest Water-Using Appliances?

Learn How Many Gallons Your Common Daily Tasks Take

Always Affordable Plumbing in Sacramento Reveals Your Main Water Waste Hogs

Saving water is good all around. Firstly, it’s good for the environment. Clean, usable water is certainly a precious resource—especially in drought-plagued California. Secondly, it’s good for your budget. Water costs money, after all! And thirdly, saving water is good for your appliances. Increased water usage can, as a result, increase wear and tear on various fixtures and appliances in your home.

But just how much water do you use in a day? In other words, which appliances send the most gallons (and dollars) down the drain? Always Affordable Plumbing in Sacramento knows that every drop counts. That’s why we’re exploring the fixtures and features that guzzle the most H2O in your home. Here are some of our Best Plumber Tips to help you understand where water goes. Hopefully this will help you adjust your habits and save water!

The Throne is King: Flushing Water (and Money) Away

We’ll try to be as polite as possible in explaining this: Your toilet likely gets a lot of use each day. If there are multiple people in your house, the situation likewise multiplies. Every person in your family is likely to visit the bathroom routinely. And this is not a one-time visit, right? People typically use the toilet a couple to several times a day—at least. How much water you drink and what you eat can influence the total number of trips.

As a result, flushes add up.

According to the Water Footprint® Calculator, the average U.S. household sends about a quarter of its water down the toilet. In other words, that’s 33 gallons a day, every day. That means the toilet is in the No. 1 spot in terms of water-using fixtures.

There are solutions. Some people, for example, choose to use the toilet at work or school and save some water at home. Not everyone is comfortable taking a seat on the company’s throne, however. More practically, you can install an efficient toilet in your home. Furthermore, it’s important to ensure that there are no leaks or other problems. A “running” toilet literally does nothing but send valuable water to the sewers every second it runs. Inspect your own toilet, or bring in a professional for help if you suspect a problem.

The Naked Truth: A Hot and Cold Issue

How do you get all the sweat, dirt, grime, and grease off you at the end of the day? (And what are you doing that you get so dirty?) Babies and toddlers tend to take baths, but adults typically shower. On the other hand, you may enjoy a relaxing bath now and then, but we’re just talking about getting clean here.

Every Californian knows that we’re encouraged to take short, efficient showers. However, the Water Footprint® Calculator estimates that average U.S. households lather and rinse away 28 gallons daily. That’s about 20 percent of a home’s total water use in a 24-hour period. In other words, showers use only a little less water than toilets.

As with toilets, there are several solutions. For example, you can take shorter showers. Try keeping it colder than your preference to discourage long, leisurely singing sessions. You can also install low-flow shower heads. In addition, it’s important to regularly check for ongoing drips and leaks.

Get Help for the Big Two

Always Affordable Plumbing offers free home plumbing inspections. Our team can help you be sure your fixtures work as efficiently as possible to save you money. Call (916) 970-0099.

Don’t Ignore Water Waste

The Always Affordable Plumbing team in Sacramento cares about saving water. Helping reduce water waste can also mean making sure you don’t have any leaks. Contact us to identify common areas of water waste or leaks.

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