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Home Water Conservation

With many parts of the country suffering from near-drought conditions, it’s time to think about how you as a homeowner can help conserve water (and save money in the bargain). What follows are a list of tips that show how.

  • Check your toilets for leaks – place a drop of food coloring in the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl, repair the leak pronto.
  • Don’t use the toilet as a trash receptacle.
  • Replace your old toilet if it was manufactured before 1992. Newer toilets use only 1.6 gallons per flush.
  • Avoid using caustic toilet bowl cleaners because they can erode plastic and rubber parts which contribute to leaks.
  • Flush less frequently, and if the toilet handle sticks, replace or adjust it.
  • Take showers instead of tub baths, and limit shower time to two minutes or less.
  • Install a flow-control device in your showers.
  • Turn off water while you shave, lather your hands and brush your teeth.
  • Don’t use your clothes washing machine with less than a full load or use a lower water-level setting.
  • Wear outfits more than once – Don’t wash clothes more often than necessary.
  • Replace your clothes washer. Newer models can use up to 50 percent less water than older ones.
  • Pretreat stains to avoid rewashing, and use the shortest wash cycle for lightly soiled loads.
  • Check your clothes washer hoses regularly for cracks that could result in leaks.
  • Use the least water necessary to cook foods like frozen vegetables and stews. You’ll preserve nutrients as well as save water.
  • Don’t run the tap to get cold water. Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking.
  • Don’t thaw frozen foods with running tap water.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it is completely full.
  • Water the lawn less frequently. Frequent watering encourages shallow roots.
  • Water between midnight and 6 a.m. to reduce evaporation losses
By | 2015-08-31T01:19:27+00:00 June 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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