The average person uses about 80-100 gallons of water each day.
The holiday season is upon us. While you are probably thinking about things to buy, family and friends to see, baking and cooking, and whatever else may be on your busy holiday mind, you are likely not thinking about the amount of water you and your family will use this holiday season. According to USGS.gov the average person uses about 80-100 gallons of water each day. If you plan on having guests over the holidays, or even just the added usage from more people being home for the season, your home’s water usage can add up. If you multiply the average’s person’s water usage for every guest that visits your home this holiday season, you could be using a lot more water than expected. We are going to review tips to save water over the holidays so you aren’t hit with a hefty bill when the season is over.
Tips to Save Water Over the Holidays
While we are going to review tips to save water over the holidays, keep in mind, that following this advice throughout the entire year can help to keep your water bills lower all the time.
We know you are busy, so let’s jump right in:
– Repair Any Leaks: If you have a water leak inside your home, you should always fix the issue as soon as it is identified. If you have put off resolving a leak in your home, now is the time to address it. If you have found a water leak inside your home, you should contact a local plumber to resolve the issue and ensure it is handled before your guests arrive. A plumber will be able to identify if there are larger plumbing issues and ensure that they have fixed the actual root cause of your water leak.
– Use Less Water in the Kitchen: When cooking, peel and clean vegetables in a large bowl of water instead under running water. If defrosting frozen foods, do it in the fridge instead of running them under cold water. Leaving the faucet on while you try to defrost a 20 pound turkey or ham will waste a lot of water. When washing dishes, fill your sink or basin with water instead of continuously running it, and if using a dishwasher, only run it when it is full.
– Cut Back on Bathroom Water: The water used within your Buffalo bathroom can really add up, especially over the holidays. You can cut back on this water usage by taking shorter showers and not taking baths. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and shave and soap up in the shower instead of using additional water to do so. If shaving in the sink, fill the sink with water instead of keeping it running.
– Do Full Loads of Laundry: Having extra guests and family around the house during holiday season will likely mean more laundry. If you have more laundry to wash than normal, be sure to wash full loads instead of a few items here and there. If you must wash less than a full load of clothes, check to see if your washer has a water-level control setting. This helps ensure you’re not using more water than necessary.
Preparing Your Plumbing for the Holidays
While you can follow the above tips to save water over the holidays, there may be some unexpected plumbing issues that plague your home this holiday season. We can help. Reimer Home Services is your 24-hour plumber in Buffalo and Western New York.
Our certified and experienced plumbers are ready to help with just about any plumbing problem, from frozen pipes to a broken water heater.
Our customers come first. That’s why we don’t charge you anything extra for service on nights or weekends. It’s why all of our repairs come backed by our 2-year warranty.