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Four Back-To-School Water Saving Tips

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When it comes to that time of year when the kids go back to school, the water use in the home tends to go up. This is because of the heavier use of the shower, washing machine, and more. To help reduce the amount of water your family is using this time of year, consider these four water saving tips:

  1. Get a Shower Timer: You can use a basic timer or invest in one of those timers that are designed to fit in the shower. This sometimes makes it more fun for kids to get ready in the morning because it makes it seem more fast-paced and energetic like a race. This is going to reduce the amount of water used to get the kids ready for the school day. Speaking of the shower, you should even consider installing a low-flow showerhead that uses less water when in use. 
  2. Reuse the Towels: Since extra laundry is in the cards during this time of year, you are going to want to reuse the towels instead of tossing them in the laundry after every use. To encourage your kids to reuse the towels, hang up hooks that are easy to hang towels on after they use them when they get out of the shower. This way, towels don't end up bunched on the floor, which only means that they definitely need to be cleaned before their next use. 
  3. Be Mindful of Laundry: When it comes to being mindful of what is dirty and what isn't, it can be difficult to get your kids on the same page. Make sure your kids know that clothes should not be tossed on the floor, but instead sorted properly. Let your kids know that jeans and sweaters can usually be worn more than once before they need to be washed. Basically, if these things have stains, then that's when they should be thrown in the wash or if they have been worn more than three times since they were last washed. 
  4. Make Plumbing Changes: Get in the habit of fixing leaks as soon as they are noticed instead of waiting until it gets worse. You should also consider the installation of new plumbing products that use less water, such as low-flow toilets and faucets. 

When you consider these four tips, you can take this extra water usage time of year to make changes to ensure that the extra water use isn't taking a huge toll on the water use in your home. 

For more tips on saving water, contact your local plumber!