It’s pretty surprising how much water we waste on a regular basis. It’s estimated that Americans waste 7 billion gallons of drinking water a day. That’s enough water to fill nearly 10,600 Olympic sized swimming pools. That’s a lot of water and it’s costing up a lot of money. So, for the sake of saving money and the environment, here are a few tips to keep from wasting water.

1.) Fill that Dishwasher!

Make sure that you are filling your dishwasher all the way up before running it.  By fully loading your dishwasher, you are ensuring that you are getting the most out of each load. The same goes for your laundry machine. There’s no sense in washing only three or four shirts at a time. Fill it all the way up!

2.) Spend less time singing and more time washing.

Be careful of how much time you’re spending in the shower. Excessive time in the shower obviously leads to higher gas and water bills. Try to limit your showers to about five minutes. We know, that doesn’t leave you much time to practice your favorite opera piece, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing after all!

You can also save on your water bill by changing your shower head. It’s important to get a quality shower head if you’re considering replacing your existing one. Moen has a nice selection of shower heads to choose from, many of which have a lifetime warranty.

3.) Replace Your Throne

If you’ve been considering replacing your toilet, consider having a water saving toilet installed. Kholer is a very reputable company when it comes to water saving toilets, most of which use less than 1.5 gallons per flush.

4.) Fix Your Leaks

Leaving that drip on your faucet for weeks at a time will not only drive you crazy, but it will cost you money too! Did you that a leaky faucet the drips every twenty seconds will waste over one hundred gallons of water each year! It will really add up, so make sure that you get those leaks fixed.

5.) Turn Your Faucet Off!

This one is just common sense, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded every once in a while. If you’re shaving, fill the sink instead of leaving the water run. If you’re brushing your teeth, turn the water off until you’re ready to rinse. You cans save up to 25 gallons a month just by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth.

If you’re in need of a plumber in Mokena, or anywhere else in the southern suburbs to install a toilet, shower head, or just to fix a leak for you, call Chicagoland Plumbing Services at 708-428-4600.