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Conserving Water at Home

Water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes and rivers.  It will also save you money on the next utility bill.  Here are 10 tips for saving water at home:

Check your faucets and pipes for leaks.  A small leak can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day and larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons!

Install water-saving shower heads.  Inexpensive water-saving, low-flow shower heads are easy to install.  Also try to limit shower time; get in, get clean, get out.  You can also install a shower head converter, which pauses a running shower once it gets warm.

Put a tank bank or float booster in your toilet tank.  They are inexpensive and will cut down water waste.  This will save ten or more gallons per day!  Be sure at least three gallons of water remain in the tank for it to flush properly.  If there is not enough water, it will take multiple flushes to get rid of waste.  You could also purchase an adjustable toilet flapper that allows adjustment of the per-flush usage.

Insulate your water pipes.  It’s easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation.  You’ll get hot water quicker and not waste water while it heats up.

One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse.  A four-minute shower uses between 20 and 40 gallons of water!  Take shorter showers.

Wash only full loads of dishes.  Automatic dishwashers and clothes washers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation.  When using the dishwasher you do not have to pre-rinse dishes.  With clothes washers, avoid using the permanent press cycle as it uses an extra rinse.  Both are great ideas for water conservation.

Minimize the use of garbage disposals.  They require a lot of water to run properly and may have maintenance related problems.  An alternative is to start a compost pile to dispose of food wastes.

When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.  Gather washed dishes in the dish rack or on one half of the sink and rinse all of the dishes at once.

Don’t let it run!  Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush.  Wet your brush and fill a cup to rinse your mouth out after.  Also rinse your razor in the sink.  Fill the sink or a cup with warm water to rinse your razor and save water.  You will be surprised with how much water you aren’t using compared to the amount you left running before!

Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge.  By storing drinking water in the fridge, you do not have to turn on the sink and wait for the water to get cool.

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