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Water Saving Tips for Your Household

January 13, 2016

Conserving water in your home is not only great for the environment, but efficient in lowering your monthly water bill and extending the life of your plumbing system.

You can help conserve water from home and make a difference in your utility bill and the environment. Water conservation assists in preventing water pollution in local water tables and rivers, and in the case of your septic system, it can reduce soil saturation and avoid leaks.

Below are some tips for conserving water in the home:

  1. Check your pipes and faucets for leaks.
While this may seem obvious or redundant, you would be lying to yourself if you could not remember a time when one or more of your faucets in your home had a leaky drip that you did not fix for some time, but it drove you crazy. These drips add up over time - 20 gallons a day with a slow drip leak - and waste a lot of money.
  1. Stop using your toilet as a tissue "garbage can" or a cigarette disposal.

Every time you flush a toilet, gallons of water is being used. For older models, this can be five to seven gallons, and for new efficiency toilets, it is still over a gallon wasted for a tissue you blew your nose in or a cigarette you throw in to put out.

Be conservative in your water usage--the toilet is a huge part of the water consumption in your home.

  1. Shower smart.

Some people take three minute showers, others a generous ten, and some take showers so long that you're wondering how on Earth they could possibly get any cleaner after a half hour.

You can save a plethora of water by changing your shower head to one with water-efficient and low-flow aerators. These shower heads are inexpensive, easy to install, and with the same amount of shower time, you get just as clean with less water by showering smart. Your water bill will thank you, as will the environment.

  1. Wash your clothes and dishes when each load is full.

Avoid using the washing machine or dish washer when you only have a few articles of clothing or a few dishes to wash--this wastes a tremendous amount of water and is one of the worst ways of water waste. You can easily conserve water by washing fuller loads of laundry and waiting until the dish washer is full.

  1. The age old "Don't let the water run."

You've heard everyone from your mother, grandmother, and favorite childhood television personalities say it: don't let the water run.

Whether you are washing your hands, washing vegetables, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or anything requiring utilizing a faucet, you can save up to half of the amount of water you are wasting by not letting the water run while brushing your teeth or scrubbing the dishes: turn off the tap until you are ready to use the water again and save yourself some money and conserve water for everyone's benefit.

These are not the only ways one can conserve water, but they include some of the basics that you should be doing for your own sake - and the environment.


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