Saving Water & Money…

In keeping with our “Green is Good, Go Green in 2011” campaign, we thought it would be helpful to share some water conservation techniques you can do at home. Not only can you help reduce the demand on water supply and infrastructure, you can save money at the same time!

–Inspect facets and pipes (indoor and outdoor) to ensure you have no leaks, drips.

–Use rainwater collected in a barrel to water your garden. If you must water gardens and lawns, do it in the morning or evening when temperatures are lower to prevent evaporation.

–Run automatic dishwashers or clothes washers only when full.

–Turn off water while brushing teeth or shaving.

–Don’t let water run while rinsing dishes done by hand. Instead, fill the sink basin with water and dip dish to rinse.

–When replacing appliances requiring water use, look for Energy Star rated appliances.

–Use less water when flushing the toilet by using a plastic bottle weighted with pebbles or sand. Purchase an ultra-low flush toilet when it’s time to replace the porcelain throne.

–Resolve to not use the garbage disposal.

–Insulate water pipes to get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it gets hot.

–Keep water in the fridge for drinking to avoid wasting tap water by waiting for it to run cool.

–Install low flow shower heads. Newer models do not sacrifice water pressure.

–Install low flow aerators on all faucets.

Test your water knowledge (scroll down for answers)
1. Which household device uses the most water in a single day?
2. On average, how many gallons does it take to fill a bathtub?
3. On average, how many gallons does it take to wash a load of clothes in an older washing machine?
4. On average, how many gallons does it take to wash a load of clothes in a high efficiency machine?
5. How many gallons of water does a person use in a single day in the home?

Answers
1. The toilet, especially an older one. Think about how many times a day it gets flushed, then multiply that by 7 gallons per flush, per person.
2. 70 gallons.
3. 55 gallons.
4. 25 gallons.
5. 100 gallons.
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