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Save money…  with Water

We all know Goleta is blessed with dry summers, typical of Southern California’s Mediterranean climate. But we also know Santa Barbara County suffers from frequent drought so we all have to find ways of saving water. Happily that also means saving money! Here Coast Plumbing gives you some tips:

Dishwashing

  • The average dishwasher uses 6 gallons of water per cycle; a modern energy efficient dishwasher may use 4 gallons per cycle or less
  • Limit pre-rinsing: it’s not necessary for every kind of wash.
  • Wait until you have a full load before doing a wash.
  • If you rinse dishes in the sink, fill it with water first rather than leaving the tap running.

Improve your hot water delivery

  • Do you find you have to let the hot water run for a while before it flows? This wastes water, so you may need a hot water recirculation system
  • You can also reduce heating costs by Installing a tankless water heater for on-demand hot water.

Showers

  • According to Re-Building.com if you reduce how long you spend in the shower from ten to five minutes you could save up to 12.5 gallons of water if you have a regular showerhead.
  • You can save more by using U.S. EPA WaterSense rated showerheads. An average family could save up to 3,000 gallons per year and over 370 kilowatt hours through less hot water.

Toilets

About 20 % of a California home’s water use comes just from flushing toilets.

  • Check for leaks, especially in the cistern. A leak can waste about 200 gallons of water each day.
  • Inefficient toilets use as much as six gallons of water with every flush. Newer toilets with EPA WaterSense labels use just 1.3 gallons per flush.

Faucets

  • Fix that drip! one drip every second from a faucet wastes 3000 gallons per year- the equivalent of hundreds of showers! 
  • Do you leave the tap on when you brush your teeth? you can save 3,000 gallons per year just by turning it off!
  • Use a WaterSense approved faucet. It could save the average family 700 gallons of water each year with little, if any, noticeable change in performance.

Laundry

  • At typical American family can do 300 washes per year and if you’re using the wrong appliance this can mean a lot of water and electricity.
  • Think about upgrading your machine to an Energy Star rated model. An Old washer can use 40 gallons per load while newer versions can use as little as 15 gallons. Energy Star models also typically use 20% less electricity.

If you want to lower your water bill, or if you’re ready to move to energy saving products, Coast Plumbing can help.  We have over 30 years experience in Southern California so schedule an appointment today!