February 2018

In the second installment of a three part series, the most trusted named in Raleigh NC professional plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing, will give you some helpful pointers to help you save money and avoid wasting water as we move from the bathroom and “down the hall” with our Kitchen Water Conservation Tips.

Much like our first blog entry on conserving water in the bathroom, these Kitchen Water Conservation Tips are all simple actions that can be taken by anyone around the house to help you and your family to save.

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For example, there are many Kitchen Water Conservation Tips that you can implement simply by watching how long you run the faucet during several activities that you may not even realize how long the water is on for. This comes into play when washing dishes by hand, as if you simply fill one side of the sink as your wash side and the other is used for rinse water, this eliminates the faucet continuously running throughout this process. A similar item among our Kitchen Water Conservation Tips is to soak your pots and pans as you scrape them clean rather than running the water over them the entire time you are scrubbing.

Likewise, if you are washing fruits and vegetables, filling a pan to use for this, rather than running them under the faucet cuts down on much waste, as well. To take that process a step further in conserving, after you’ve washed the produce, use the water from the pan to water plants around the house.

The next kitchen appliance to focus on with our Kitchen Water Conservation Tips where you can greatly conserve and save is the dishwasher. First, by only running it when completely full the average household can save on average 1,000 gallons of water per month. Also, if you have a newer model dishwasher especially, cut back on the time spent rinsing first, as most of the more recently produced model are powerful enough and made to clean more thoroughly that years ago.

The garbage disposal is another item that by utilizing our simple Kitchen Water Conservation Tips you can save in areas you may not even have realized you were being wasteful. Most obviously, simply use the disposal only when necessary. Composting with and using the peeling and trimming from veggies or fruit will save you from wasting gallons of water while running the disposal.

Your own consumption of water is the last item we touch on in our Kitchen Water Conservation Tips. For your own drinking purposes, filling a pitcher with water to keep in the refrigerator rather than filling at the faucet repeatedly. Also, use the same glass throughout the day for your water consumption. This will avoid dirtying several and thus filling up the dishwasher for more frequent usage.

Much like with our helpful pointer around the bathroom, these easy-to-do- Kitchen Water Conservation Tips from the Raleigh plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing can get you on the path to less wasteful usage and savings on costly water bills, too. In the next and final installment of our series on household water conservation tips we will look at how to cut back while cooking and in the laundry room.

In this, the first of a three part series, the most trusted name in Raleigh area professional plumbing, Poole’s Plumbing will offer you some handy tips to help you save money and stop being wasteful with your water as the following easy Bathroom Water Conservation Tips are simple and easy ways to be more mindful of your usage.

Toilet Tips

 While some may not think of it, the toilet makes up for a large amount of the water usage in the average family home. Several Bathroom Water Conservation Tips to help in not being wasteful regarding your toilet are simply monitoring and making sure it is running properly. To begin with, installing a low volume toilet is an obvious way to conserve water. Also, if your toilet is a very old model (installed before 1980) putting a bottle filled with water or a toilet dam, while always staying weary that either is not interfering with the operation of any other parts, will cut down on water used per flush.

Another example of simple monitoring among our Bathroom Water Conservation Tips is to regularly check to make sure that your toilet flapper to be sure it isn’t sticking open after a flush will keep the toilet from running unnecessarily. Listening for leaks or continuous running water from the toilet is an obvious but helpful way to utilize these Bathroom Water Conservation Tips, as is putting tissue into the garbage as opposed to flushing it down. Putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank will help you check for leaks. If you see the coloring in the bowl, this would mean you do have a leak and with an easy fix, literally hundreds of gallons of water each month can be saved.

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Shower Savings

Continuing across the bathroom with our Bathroom Water Saving Tips, the shower can be a major cause of wasteful usage if not monitored closely. Cutting down your time in the shower to five minutes or less can save in the neighborhood of 1,000 gallons of water monthly. Another way you can personally check your shower and start conserving is to use a one gallon bucket and time how long it takes your shower to fill it. If it fills the bucket in less than twenty seconds, you can cut costs and wasted water by switching to a more efficient showerhead. By installing a low-flow showerhead, you will have an inexpensive and easy switch that can on average see the average family conserve over 500 gallons of water per week.

Faucet Flow

Lastly on our list of Bathroom Water Conservation Tips is how you can cut back while using the sink and faucets. In many cases, such as while shaving or brushing your teeth, several hundreds of gallons of water can be conserved each week by simply turning the water off while doing each of these things. Much like the earlier inclusion of our Bathroom Water Conservation Tips from the section on toilets, regularly checking for leaks in all of your faucets can help you identify and fix a problem before it becomes a far more costly one.

By following these simple and easy household Bathroom Water Conservation Tips, you can save yourself on unnecessary high water bills and in doing so, conserve water as well. The next in the series of helpful conservation tips from the Raleigh plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing will move into the kitchen and assist you with several other cost and waste saving advice that can be achieved around the house.