We are sure you are all aware of our current water situation. On Friday 3 March 2017, a local disaster was declared regarding our water scarcity and problems with consumption. As a home or business owner, you might be trying to stay on top of the tragic tap situation at your current location, but what happens when you move to a new property?
Let’s take a look at ways in which you can manage your water consumption in your new home or office space:
CHECK FOR PLUMBING LEAKS
Although your home inspector should do this before you move in, just take some time to double check for possible leaks. Check for running toilets or dripping faucets where you can. A good way to establish whether you have a leak problem is by checking your water meter at the beginning and end of a two hour period without using any water in the home. If the reading is different from before, you know you have a problem.
EXPOSED WATER PIPES
Have a look at the pipes into and out of your hot water heater, are they exposed? Exposed pipes will lose heat as they move to and from your heater to your shower and the like. Invest in a good-quality water pipe insulation solution.
If you are moving into a new home, you might have the opportunity to install a dual-flush toilet that will save a lot of water depending on the type of ‘flush’ needed. If that’s not an option, you can use the bucket option. Use the water collected in the shower to fill the tank with just enough needed for a flush.
Did you know that some showerheads use more water than others? When you are moving into your new home, replace the current showerheads with aeration technology products that are water efficient. This way you can be water-smart and still wash away the water consumption guilt.
INVEST IN WATER EFFICIENT APPLIANCES
During the moving process, you will be able to chuck out older appliances that aren’t energy or water efficient. Make the smart choice by choosing these products for your new home and only using your dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load to wash. Also, consider the eco-systems for most of the new products.
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