saving water in summer

Saving Water in the Summer: Tips for Eco-Friendly Plumbing Practices

As temperatures rise during the summer months, the importance of water conservation increases even more. Water conservation not only helps protect our natural resources, but also ensures that communities have adequate supplies to meet their needs during periods of high demand. Water scarcity can have significant impacts on the environment, such as reducing the availability of clean water for wildlife and affecting ecosystem health. It can also lead to restrictions on water use, which can affect daily life and the local economy.

At Stillorgan Gas, we believe in promoting sustainable living through eco-friendly plumbing practices. By making a few changes to the way we use water, especially during the summer, we can significantly reduce our water consumption and have a positive impact on the environment. This blog will walk you through practical tips and strategies to save water at home, from fixing leaks to installing water-saving devices. Let’s work together to create a more sustainable future by adopting these simple but effective practices.


Saving Water in the Summer

Understand Your Water Usage

On average, a home can use up to 300 gallons of water per day, with significant variations depending on the number of occupants and lifestyle habits. Identifying where the most water is used can help target conservation efforts effectively. Generally, the most water in the home is used in showers, toilets, and outdoor watering areas. Showers can account for about 20% of indoor water use, using about 2.5 gallons of water each minute. Toilets are another major water consumer, especially older models that can use up to 7 gallons per flush. Outdoor watering for gardens and lawns can also contribute significantly, especially in the summer when plants require more hydration. By understanding these key areas, you can implement targeted strategies to reduce water consumption, such as installing water-efficient fixtures and adopting smart watering practices.


Fix Leaks Promptly

Identifying and repairing leaks promptly is key to water conservation. Leaks can waste thousands of gallons of water each year, increasing energy bills and putting unnecessary strain on local water resources. Common sources of leaks include faucets, toilets and outdoor spouts. To locate leaks, check for dripping faucets, listen to the sound of a toilet running when not in use, and inspect outdoor spouts for moisture or standing water. A helpful tip is to read your water meter two hours before and after water is not being used; a change in the meter reading indicates a leak.

Fixing leaks not only saves water, but also provides significant financial benefits by reducing water bills. Environmentally, repairing leaks helps preserve essential water resources and reduces the energy needed for water treatment and distribution. At Stillorgan Gas, we encourage homeowners to fix leaks promptly to promote both economic savings and environmental sustainability.


Fix Leaks Promptly


Install Water-Efficient Fixtures

Water-saving fixtures are an effective way to reduce household water consumption. Low-flow showerheads, dual-flush toilets and faucet aerators are popular choices. Low-flow showerheads can reduce water use by up to 50% without compromising performance, while dual-flush toilets offer a choice between a low-volume flush for liquid waste and a higher-volume flush for solid waste, significantly reducing water use. Faucet aerators limit water flow while maintaining pressure, saving water in kitchens and bathrooms. Using these fixtures can save a lot of water, lower utility bills and reduce pressure on the local water supply. When selecting water-saving fixtures, look for fixtures with the WaterSense label, which certifies that the product meets EPA standards for efficiency and performance. At Stillorgan Gas, we recommend upgrading to water-saving fixtures as a simple and impactful step toward sustainability.


Adopt Smart Watering Practices for Gardens and Lawns

Efficient irrigation practices can substantially reduce water use in gardens and lawns. Watering early in the morning or late in the evening reduces evaporation, allowing plants to absorb more water. Using mulch around plants helps retain soil moisture, reducing the need for frequent watering. Drip irrigation systems are highly efficient, delivering water directly to plant roots and reducing waste. These systems can reduce water use by up to 50% compared to traditional sprinklers.

Selecting drought-resistant plants and landscaping with native species can further conserve water. These plants are adapted to local climate conditions and require less water to thrive. Xeriscaping, a landscaping method that reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation, is an excellent option for water conservation. At StillOrgan Gas, we encourage the adoption of these smart watering practices to maintain beautiful gardens and lawns while conserving precious water resources, thereby contributing to a sustainable environment.


Reuse and Recycle Water

Greywater systems recycle water from sinks, showers and washing machines for non-potable uses such as irrigation. These systems filter and distribute greywater, reducing the need for fresh water. For domestic use, simple practices such as collecting rainwater in barrels can provide water for gardens. Additionally, reusing water from washing vegetables or cooking can help hydrate plants.

When using greywater, safety is very important. Avoid using greywater on edible plant parts to prevent contamination. Make sure greywater systems are installed and maintained correctly to prevent leaks and blockages. Use environmentally friendly soaps and detergents to reduce harmful chemicals in greywater. Always check local regulations regarding greywater use.

At Stillorgan Gas, we advocate water reuse and recycling as effective ways to conserve water. Implementing greywater systems and simple water reuse practices can significantly reduce household water consumption, promoting a sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle.


Reuse and Recycle Water


Upgrade to a High-Efficiency Water Heater

High-efficiency water heaters offer many benefits, including reduced energy consumption and lower utility bills. These heaters are designed to heat water more effectively, using less energy than traditional models. They can also provide hot water more quickly and reliably, improving home comfort.

To ensure optimal performance, regular maintenance is essential. This includes flushing the tank annually to remove sediment buildup, inspecting the anode rod, and checking for leaks. Proper insulation of the heater and pipes can also improve efficiency.

When choosing a new water heater, consider the unit's energy factor (EF) rating, which indicates efficiency. Tankless water heaters, heat pump water heaters, and solar water heaters are great choices for high efficiency. The size and capacity should match your home's hot water needs to ensure an adequate supply without excess energy use.

we recommend upgrading to a high-efficiency water heater as a smart investment for both cost savings and environmental benefits.


Practice Mindful Water Use Habits

Adopting simple daily habits can reduce water use substantially. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, washing dishes or washing your hands. Shorter showers can save several gallons of water each day; aim for a five-minute shower for maximum savings. Also, only run dishwashers and washing machines with full loads.

Encourage family members to participate in water saving efforts by leading by example and educating them about the importance of conservation. Make reducing water use a family goal, perhaps through friendly competitions or setting group goals.

Incorporating water saving devices can further enhance these efforts. Timers for showers can help limit water use, while smart irrigation controllers adjust watering schedules based on weather conditions, ensuring efficient watering of gardens and lawns.

we believe that mindful water usage habits are an easy and effective way to save water on a daily basis.


Educate and Involve the Community

Community involvement is crucial to successful water conservation efforts. When communities work together, they can achieve significant water savings and create a culture of sustainability. Educating others about the importance of water conservation can inspire collective action and long-term change.

Organize local water-saving initiatives or events such as workshops, clean-up drives or water-efficient gardening classes. Collaborate with local schools, businesses and community groups to spread awareness and encourage participation. Hosting contests or challenges such as reducing household water use or designing drought-resistant gardens can also engage and motivate the community.

Provide resources to learn more about water conservation. Distribute informational materials, share online resources and promote websites such as the EPA's WaterSense program or local government conservation pages.

At Stillorgan Gas, we encourage community involvement in water conservation. By working together and sharing knowledge, we can have a significant impact on preserving our vital water resources for future generations.


Educate and Involve the Community


Adopting eco-friendly plumbing practices is essential to conserve water and protect the environment. By understanding water usage, fixing leaks, installing water-efficient fixtures, practicing smart watering, reusing water, upgrading to a high-efficiency water heater, and adopting mindful habits, we can make a significant impact on our water consumption. These steps not only help conserve our precious water resources, but also lead to financial savings and a more sustainable lifestyle.

We encourage you to start implementing these tips today. Every small change contributes to a big impact, making a difference for both the environment and your community.

Please share this blog with friends and family to spread awareness about the importance of water conservation. Together, we can create a culture of sustainability and ensure a better future for generations to come.



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