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A Few Simple Tips to Help You Save Money and Conserve Water

A Few Simple Tips to Help You Save Money and Conserve Water

You may not realize it, but at any given time, there are tons of techniques that you can utilize to help you conserve water, and save money in the process. We’d love to help you out, so we’ve put together some of our favorite tips that you can begin to implement right now. Just take a look:

Check for Leaks

A small leak may not seem like a big deal, but even a very slow drip will quickly add up over time. The first thing you should do is go through your home and fix any leaky pipes or faucets.

Switch to Low-Flow Toilets

Older toilets are notorious for wasting a whole bunch of water, usually at the rate of 3-5 gallons per flush. A low-flow toilet will use half that amount, thereby lower your utility costs.

Cut Down on Your Shower Time

Being in a hot shower feels fantastic, but you really need to limit your shower time to less than five minutes. And, of course, four minutes would be even better.

Don’t Run the Water While Brushing Your Teeth

We’re all guilty of running the water while brushing, and it wastes a huge amount of water. The fix is easy — turn off the faucet.

Wait For Full Loads

Whether you need to wash either dishes or clothes, make sure you wait until you have a full load. This will ensure that you’re getting the maximum amount of work done with the least amount of water.

Lower the Water Usage on Your Lawn

Your law is probably the biggest culprit of water usage. If you hate the idea of it turning brown, consider switching to artificial grass.

Turn Off the Water When Washing Your Car

If you wash your car at home and keep the water running, you’ll waste several gallons each time. Turn it off and this won’t happen.

For more expert advice on how to save money and conserve water, please don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the needs of North San Diego and the surrounding area since 2002.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

Ways to Conserve Water in Your HomeThose of us in California who have experienced the severe drought of recent years know firsthand how important it is to conserve water. Saving water in the kitchen, the laundry room, the bathroom and outdoors not only helps mitigate the effects of the drought for our community and our state, but also saves you money on utility bills. Following are some easy ways for you and your family to save water.

Kitchen

  1. Wash dishes in the dishwasher. Dishwashers are much more economical than washing dishes by hand. If you do wash dishes by hand, don’t let the water run continuously. When you set the controls on the dishwasher, cut back on the rinsing.
  2. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Whenever possible, compost vegetable and fruit refuse.
  3. Don’t run water over frozen foods to defrost them; you’ll save water and it’s also safer to defrost frozen food in the refrigerator.
  4. When you rinse fruits and vegetables, save the water for plants.
  5. Consider installing a tankless water heater near your kitchen sink so water doesn’t have to run so long to be warm.

Laundry Room

  1. Set the correct water levels for the amount of laundry you’re washing.
  2. Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible.

Bathroom

  1. Replace showerheads with low-flow models.
  2. Replace toilets with WaterSense models. WaterSense is the government’s label that assures you the fixture is economical to use.
  3. Instead of running water to wash a razor, stop up the sink and wash it in the basin.
  4. Don’t run the shower continuously when you’re washing your hair.

Outdoors

  1. If you have a lawn, leave lawn clippings on the grass to cool roots and retain moisture. Also adjust the mower blade so the grass is taller: taller grass will keep the roots cooler and lessen the need for moisture.
  2. Apply minimal fertilizer, as it increases the plant’s need for moisture.
  3. Look into replacing lawns with plants or landscaping that requires minimal water.

To learn more about how to conserve water, contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We serve San Diego, Encinitas, San Marcos and the surrounding area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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