Habits and Maintenance: Saving Water Is Saving Money
Water Saving Tips for Conservation
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Green building is only part of the equation Good water
habits and maintenance are also important parts of the water equation.
water saves you money!
Turn Off the Water!!
Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime can save up to 8 gallons of water per day, which equals 240 gallons a month! Turning off the water while you are washing dishes not only saves many gallons of water a month, it also saves the energy to heat water.
Full Load for the Washer
Even if you have a high-efficiency washing machine, wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate load size selection on the washing machine.
Full Load for the Dishwasher
Your dishwasher is an efficient machine. Load it up before you run it!
Change your ineffiecint toilet for the improved high-efficiency model which can save a family of four roughly $1,000 over ten years without compromising performance.
Take a Shower
There is nothing more relaxing than a nice hot bath. But a full tub requires about 70 gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons. Take a shower when you can (you don't really need to relax in the morning), then use good water habits when you take a bath by closing the drain immediately and adjusting the temperature as you fill the tub.
Water leaks cost you money.
Often you are not even aware that you have a water leak. Periodically, read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.
Toilets: To tell if your toilet has a leak, place a drop of food coloring in the tank; if the color shows in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.
The typical single-family suburban household uses at least 30 percent of their water outdoors for lawn and flower bed irrigation. Some experts estimate that more than 50 percent of landscape water use goes to waste due to evaporation or runoff caused by overwatering!
Use the correct sprinkler heads and systems and don't overwater.
Remember Dallas-Fort Worth normally gets plenty of rain in a year, it predominantly rains in just a few months. Landscape for our normally dry months and retain your rain water.
Contact Terry Jensen at 972 251-1532 or 817 545-0140 or email here.
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