Is your shower wasting water? It could be costing you.

Central VA Homeowners: Learn How To Save
Water And Money With Your Shower

Water-Saving Tips For
Savvy Homeowners

When it comes to saving water, Central VA homeowners know that showers are one of the best places to start. According to the EPA, the average American household uses 210 gallons of indoor water everyday, with 42 gallons of that water being used in our showers.

By reducing the amount of water you use everyday in your home, you can not only save money on your monthly utility bills, but you can also greatly reduce your impact on the environment.

While it may feel like you have to take large steps to change your water habits, there are actually a few small steps you can take now to help the environment and your wallet in the future.

Use A Shower Bucket

No matter how good your water heater is, everyone has to wait for their shower water to heat up. While this process probably takes less than a minute, over time you can waste hundreds of gallons, literally letting it go down the drain.

It’s recommended that you reuse that water by catching it in a bucket or large container. With that saved water, you can now use it for other purposes besides showering.

You can water your plants, wash dishes, clean your outdoor patio or porch. As long as you can repurpose that water, you’re helping to not waste it.

Use A Low-Flow Shower Head

The average shower head uses 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM) or more, which explains how we waste so many gallons of water every day. Luckily, the popularity of low-flow shower heads have made it easier to reduce your water usage without losing water heat or pressure.

When choosing a low-flow shower head, make sure you choose the right one for you. First of all, make sure the GPM is below 2.5, which is the most a modern shower head can reach.

Next, you’ll have to decide between aerating or a laminar-flow head. Aerating heads mix air with the water to create a misty stream, so you use less water while maintaining a strong water stream. The laminar-flow heads have individual water streams, so it will use more water but maintain a stronger stream than the aerating head.

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Take Shorter Showers

This one may seem self-explanatory, but it actually comes with a lot of added benefits. Of course, taking less time in the shower equals less water used, and when mixed with the previous suggestions, it can have a major effect on your monthly bill.

The hard part is trying to break established habits, which can be tough. Consider what you do in the shower and if you can do those tasks outside the shower or without running water.

For example, if you shave in the shower, why not use the bucket mentioned earlier rather than keep the shower running. Or consider only shampooing and conditioning your hair every other day, so you take less time in the shower overall.

Check For Leaks

This next rule applies to your entire house, but it’s still important for your shower. It’s natural for most faucets to leak a small amount of water when you’re done using them.

However, if you notice a constant drip long after you’re done using water, there could be a problem with your faucet. Unchecked leaks from faucets can add up over time, undoing all of the good habits you’ve adopted.

It’s also important to look out for leaks in the pipes, as these can have larger and more destructive effects on your home, like water damage or flooding. If you notice any of these issues with your faucet or pipes, it’s important to contact a professional to take a look and fix the issue.

That way, you can make sure the leaks will stop and you can continue to save money on your utility bill and waste less water overall.

Take Steps to Upgrade Your Shower

It’s important to note that some of these pieces of advice, like installing low-flow shower heads, can require extra work.

If you find leaks, it’s possible that you may need a full bathtub replacement or shower replacement to completely stop the problem.

In these cases, JDS Bath is here to help. We offer water-efficient tub to shower conversions, along with full bathroom remodeling. Check out our gallery to start getting ideas for how you can improve your current bathroom experience!

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