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Water Conservation Tips

Conserving water not only saves you money, it helps our environment.

Water conservation in the bathroom

  • Install low-flow showerheads. Standard showerheads have an output of 5 GPM while low-flow showerheads have an output of 2.5 GPM, a savings of up to 25 gallons of water per shower.
  • Turn the water off while brushing your teeth or shaving. Even a small savings of 3 gallons of water each time you use your faucet adds up to as much as 180 gallons of water savings a month.
  • Make sure your toilet shuts off or does not double flush after use. A running toilet can waste as much as 233 gallons of water a day.
  • Toilets account for about 25% of all water usage in your home. Update your toilet with a high efficiency model. Older toilets use up to 5 gallons per flush while newer models use 1.28 gallons. A family of four will save an average of 12,000 gallons of water a year using a newer model toilet.
  • Install water reducing aerators on faucets to create up to 50% savings on water usage without affecting the pressure.

Water conservation in the Kitchen

  • Where 10% of your total household water usage.
  • Dripping taps can waste up to 53 gallons of water per day.
  • Use water remaining in drinking glasses to water indoor plants and flowers.
  • Installing water reducing aerators on faucets, helps create 50% savings on water usage without affecting the pressure.
  • Run the dishwasher only when full. A typical dishwasher uses as much as 25 gallons of water per load.
  • Fill a pitcher with water and refrigerate. This prevents wasting water while waiting for it to chill for drinking.

Water conservation in the Laundry Room

  • Only run full loads. Each load of laundry uses between 27 and 54 gallons of water.
  • Make sure the washer is set on for appropriate water level for the load.
  • When it's time to replace your washing machine look for the most water efficient ones. A water efficient washing machine can save as much as 7,000 gallons per year. Look for Energy Star Washer to help save water and energy.
  • Wash items in cold water as much as possible. Reducing the need to run your hot water heater will save you money.

Water conservation in the Outdoors

  • When you wash cars, use a nozzle that turns off automatically. A running hose can use up to 10 gallons of water per minute.
  • Sweep rather than hose off sidewalks, patios, decks and driveways, can save you up to 80 gallons of water each time.
  • Park your car on the grass when washing. Excess water will absorb into the ground reducing the need to use the sprinklers.
  • Know where your master water shut off valve is located. A runaway leak can waste a lot of water and cause extensive damage.
  • Mulch flower beds to reduce water loss. This can reduce the frequency of watering and can save around 1500 gallons of water a month.
  • Conserving water not only saves you money, it helps our environment.

Emergency Shutoff Valves

  • Knowing a few basic facts about how your plumbing system works and what to do in case of a pipe break or system backup can prevent plumbing nightmares and even property loss in the future.
  • First, the location of the main water shut-off is important to know. If a pipe breaks and is flooding your house, the main water supply may be the fastest way to shut off the flow of water. You will find a main shut-off at the municipal water supply meter or the pressure tank of a private well. You should also find shut-off valves inside your home. Newer homes will have emergency shut-off valves for every fixture and appliance. However, in some cases older homes do not have these shut-offs and owners should plan to have them installed.

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FAQs

Is it necessary to winterize outside faucets before cold weather hits?

Yes. Taking the necessary steps by turning off the water to these sources disconnecting and storing your hoses and draining water will prevent possible freezing and breakage.

 

What is the whistling sound that seems to come from my plumbing?

A whistling noise is usually a toilet's fill valve that is leaking. This is a much easier fix than you may have thought when first hearing the noise.

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