Why You Shouldn’t Take a Bath

You can save on utility bills and conserve an important natural resource this spring when you follow a few simple steps for using less water at home, Champion Plumbing reports.

The company recommends the following best practices:

Look for leaks. Even a small drip from a faucet can waste gallons of water daily, and bigger leaks can lead to home and property damage. Keep an eye out for water damage or accumulated moisture, listen for the sound of running or dripping water and monitor your water bill for unexpected spikes in use.

Only wash full loads. When using your dishwasher or washing machine, make sure you don’t start a cycle unless it is completely full. Many appliances will use the same amount of water regardless of the load, and the wasted water from half-loads adds up quickly.

Don’t leave the faucet running if you’re not using it. Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth or washing dishes, then turn it back on to rinse. Installing a faucet aerator can reduce waste by as much as 30%.

Heat water more efficiently. If it takes too long to get hot water for your shower, have a professional check the insulation on your pipes or look for built-up sediment. You can also consider equipment upgrades like a hot water recirculation pump or a tankless water heater.

Skip the bath. You’ll pay for the luxury of a long soak in the tub, which can use up to 70 gallons of water, compared to 10-25 for a shower.

Started in 2015, Champion Plumbing is led by the husband-and-wife duo of Leslie and Brent Harpole. Champion provides plumbing and water quality services to the residents of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and surrounding areas.

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