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INDOOR WATER CONSERVATION TIPS

By December 10, 2019 January 11th, 2020 No Comments

Water is a precious resource and it also can be costly on the budget. It’s possible you may be using more water than you realize inside your home or business, which leads to higher bills. Here are some tips to help you save money and conserve water.

Home Water Usage

1. Check For Leaks

Check all pipes and fixtures in your home periodically for costly leaks. Don’t forget to check outside faucets. Locate the main shut-off valve in your home. Responding quickly to a broken or leaking pipe will save water, money and prevent damage to your property.

2. Faucet Aerators

  • Install aerators on all faucets. This will save water without sacrificing water pressure.

3. Bathroom Water Usage

  • Flush toilets only when necessary. Make an effort to flush less during the week.
  • Limit your showers to five minutes or less.
  • Consider installing low-flow showerheads, they are inexpensive and long-term savings will pay for the upgrade.
  • Don’t use the toilet as a trash can; use a wastebasket instead.
  • Do not let water run while shaving or brushing your teeth.

4. Kitchen Water Usage

  • Soak pots and pans instead of using running water to scrape them clean.
  • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the faucet until it is cold.
  • Defrost food in the microwave or refrigerator instead of with running water.
  • Wash only full loads in the dishwasher.

5. Laundry Room Water Usage

  • Wash only full loads of laundry. Make an effort to run fewer loads each week.
  • Match water level with the size of load.

6. Locate Your Water Meter

Locate your water meter and use it to monitor your usage. If you are unable to account for increases in usage, you may have a leak within your home or business. Water meters are generally located near the hot water heater in the garage, basement or crawlspace.

Commercial Water Usage

1. Check For Leaks

Check all pipes and fixtures in your building periodically for costly leaks. Don’t forget to check outside faucets. Locate the main shut-off valve. Responding quickly to a broken or leaking pipe will save water, money and prevent damage to your property.

2. Locate Your Water Meter

Locate your water meter and use it to monitor your usage. If you are unable to account for increases in usage, you may have a leak on your property. Water meters are generally located near the hot water heater.

3. Communication & Collaboration

If you’re a business owner, offer employee incentives for conservation efforts that save your business money. Post signs encouraging conservation in kitchens, bathrooms and locker rooms.