A lot of people use this time of year to make resolutions for the New Year, and making a plan for projects is always better when done sooner rather than later.
The more time you allow for planning and gathering items, the smoother your plan will execute. If you are thinking about doing a plumbing project in the New Year, now is a great time to be shopping for appliances.
Your local home improvement store is likely having a sale on items like dishwashers and washing machines, which will dramatically improve the water-efficiency of your home.
Here are some other things that you can do to save water in the New Year:
- Always wash a full load. When you turn the washing machine or dishwasher on, make sure that there is a full load to be washed. This is especially true for your dishwasher, as the settings for the water are limited. The amount of water for each setting is programmed to be enough for a full load of dishes. So, when you load it only half full, the amount of water for that setting does not change.
- Teach your children. If you have kids in the house, it is important to teach them to turn the water off when they are brushing their teeth. This can save several gallons of water in a single day. Also, make sure that their showers are limited to ten minutes. Even cutting a shower short by two minutes will save a significant amount of water.
- Check your toilet. Look around your home improvement store for items that will improve the water-efficiency of your toilet. There are some DIY things that can be done like putting weight in the tank to displace the water.
As you are planning your projects for 2016, make sure to add these water-saving tips. These are things that can be done easily and without much of an investment of time or money. But, they will save a significant amount of water.