Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A Drip and a Drop Add Up!

How much water can you save? We have found some easy ways that you can save water and money! Have you ever paid attention to how much water your household uses each month? The typical family of 4 has an average indoor water use of 7600 gallons per month and about 4500 gallons per month outdoors. Take a look at your water bill or water meter, then try implementing a couple of the suggestions below. See what a difference few small changes can make!

Water your lawn only as needed. Step on your grass. If it springs back when you lift your foot, it doesn’t need water. Water your lawn and plants early in the day to reduce evaporation. This small step can save 750 gallons or more per month. Collect rain water to use for water your plants and lawn and save even more. This Sandstone Space Saver Rain Barrel will add beauty and functionality to your yard.

Fix leaky faucets, plumbing joints and your sprinkler system. This little tidbit can save 600 gallons per month. Detect toilet leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the tank is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 15-30 minutes.

Replace a portion of your lawn with beautiful native plants. And mulch around those plants to hold more water in the soil. Depending on your climate you could save over 1000 gallons per month.

Replace your old washing machine with a new, high-efficiency model. Most high-efficiency models reduce water usage 20 to 30 gallons per load.

Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. Following this easy tip can save between 300 and 800 gallons of water per month.

Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.

Shorten your showers. Even a one- or two-minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons per month. Also install low-flow shower head for additional water savings!

Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or soaping your hands or scrubbing the dishes.

Store a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator rather than running water for it to cool.

Instead of running water and waiting for it to get hot, install Tankless Water Heaters.

Do you have any water saving tips? Comment back and share them with us.

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