Which uses more water: A shower or a bath?

child-1446724_1280In hot, sticky weather, even kids who hate baths can’t avoid bathing at the end of every day. If you have a large family, water usage can really add up to create a much bigger water bill in the summer. We’ve put together a list of ways you can conserve water in your bathroom this summer so you have more money to spend on fun stuff.

Take Showers Instead of Baths

Yes, it’s hard to get toddlers to give up splashing in the tub. But as soon as your kids are old enough, have them switch to showers. The average bath uses 35 to 50 gallons of water, whereas a 10-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead only uses 25 gallons. Multiply that by 30 times a month, and you’ll save 300 gallons per person.

A low-flow showerhead may cost you up front, but you will save money down the road. Conventional showerheads flow at around 5 gallons per minute while low-flow showerheads typically flow at 2.5 gallons per minute.

Reduce Water Usage at the Sink

That constant drip you’ve been dealing with since spring isn’t just annoying – it’s wasting tons of water. You can lose 20 gallons per day from just one drippy faucet. Instead of just fixing the leak, consider having low-flow faucet aerators installed in your sink. Conventional faucets flow as high as 3 gallons per minute, but low-flow faucets flow at 1.5 gallons per minute.

And remember to remind your kids not to leave the faucet running while brushing their teeth!

Consider a Low-Flow Toilet

Flushing uses more water than anything else in the house. The average person flushes five times a day, so with kids home all summer long, that can really add up. Older toilets use 5 to 7 gallons per flush, but low-flow models use as little as 1.6 gallons.

Call Putman Plumbing in Frederick County

We can help you with leaks and clogs, install new faucets and toilets, and answer any other questions you have about summer plumbing. Just give us a call!