5 Ways to Conserve Water This Winter
Spring and summer might be when you’re most likely to think about the amount of water you use, but there are plenty of ways to conserve even in the coldest months. Remember, water conservation isn’t just good for the environment. It’s good for your wallet, too!
Protect Your Pipes
Frozen pipes will become burst pipes. And when they blow, water will go everywhere. It may run for hours before you catch it. It’s a wet, messy, and costly problem.
The pipes to watch most closely are those located in unheated areas that are prone to freezing. This includes outdoor hose bibs, basements, and crawl spaces. Wrap your pipes with insulation and for extra protection add a layer of heat-tape first.
Drip Your Faucets
It might sound old-fashioned and counterintuitive, but it works. When the temperatures drop, especially during power outtages or if your heating system isn’t working, run your faucets at a drip. Keeping the water flowing even a little helps prevent freezing and the problems that occur with frozen pipes.
If you don’t like the idea of wasting even this small amount of water, catch it in a bucket or bowl and use it to water plants or flush your toilets. The small drip of water isn’t nearly as expensive as the amount of water that pours out of a freshly burst and recently frozen pipe.
Catch the Cold Water
In the winter, it can take quite a while for your shower to heat up. While you wait, gallons of water and money run down the drain. Place a bucket in your shower or tub to collect that perfectly usable cold water.
Like the water you catch from a drip faucet, it can be used in other ways later. Flush your toilets. Water your plants. It’s a trick that works any time of year, but it’s most effective during the winter.
Locate Your Water Shut Off Valve
Despite your best efforts a frozen pipe may burst at some point this winter. Knowing where your water shut-off valve is can conserve water that would otherwise continuously leak everywhere. And, it lowers the amount of unused water you’ll have to pay for.
Find the valve now and commit it to memory. Make sure everyone in your home knows where it is and that adults and even teenage children know how to turn it off. In the middle of a wet mess, you’ll be grateful for all the help you can get.
Use Less Water
Some conservation techniques work all year long. Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth. Replace your old dishwasher with something more modern and efficient. Don’t run the kitchen sink faucet while you’re washing - wait until you’re ready to rinse.
Small things add up quick when you look for opportunities to conserve. What may feel like a hassle at first will become habit soon enough. Before you know it, you’re water bill will go down and you’ll find other ways to save.
Protecting your pipes from freezing won’t just conserve water, it’ll keep your homeowner insurance premiums down, too. If you have to make a claim or two every winter, your insurance rates will be impacted. Contact Ross Insurance today, and we’ll make sure you’re not paying too much for your current coverage - whether you’ve had a burst pipe or not.