What seems like a minor leak may surprise you in the amount of water and energy lost. Some simple fixes can add up to some major savings. For example:
- Fix a leaky faucet, save 75 litres a day
- Fix a leaky toilet, save 113 litres a day
- Replace an old toilet with a low flush toilet, save 150 litres a day
- Repair an outdoor pipe leak or broken sprinkler head, save 75 litres a day
- Repair a leak around the pool or spa pumps, save litres a day
Obviously, those litres add up over the year. A 1/32 inch size leak wastes 280,000 litres a year. 1/8 inch wastes over a 3.50 million litres.
Leaky faucets are typically caused by worn washers or “O” rings. For something that basic, you may want to pull out the do-it-yourself book and attempt the fix yourself. Or, if you want to save time while you’re confident it’s done right, just call us. You might even combine it with an overall plumbing inspection while we’re there, which may save major costs down the road in preventative maintenance.
Your leaky toilet may be a simple fix too, if you’re mechanically inclined. However, it often indicates you need a new toilet. In fact, if your toilet is ten or fifteen years old, you’re probably better off replacing it with an efficient low-flow toilet. You can save over five gallons per flush, so the savings add up quickly. Also, you’ll get a better flush with a pressurized model. You can conserve even more water with a dual flush toilet. It has two flush settings, one for solids and one for liquids. Incidentally, if you avoid using the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket, you can save 1,512 to 2,200 litres per month.
Simply replacing your showerhead with a new efficient model drastically cuts water consumption from 1,900 to 3,000 litres per month, while you still enjoy excellent shower power. Placing aerators on three kitchen and bath fixtures saves 52 litres a day, while retaining excellent water pressure.
Is the garden hose leaking? Seal the connection threads with thread tape. If it’s the hose itself that’s leaking, wrap it with sealing tape.
By implementing these simple ideas, you’ll be saving you and your community hundreds, possibly thousands of litres each year. Imagine if everyone else implemented these ideas as well. You might want to share this article with your neighbors.
One more extra bonus when you fix those leaks – you’ll hear no more annoying drip drip drip. Please check Ashton Service Group’s product page for many energy efficient options for your home for peace of comfort or give us a call at 604-283-2383.