Ways To Save
Tips for Saving Water – Indoors
Water conservation saves you money and makes an important contribution to a better future. Below are a few helpful tips and techniques for you to implement at home or at your place of business.
- Stop Leaks
Check appliances and outdoor systems, such as sprinklers, for leaks. Get to know your meter—it provides important information about consumption and leaks. Common leaks waste 10% of the water used in many homes.
- Replace Old Toilets
Toilet flushing is the top water user in the home. If you haven’t replaced your toilets in 10 years or more, you’ll benefit from the new high-efficiency models.
- Buy An Efficient Clothes Washer
Washers are the second largest consumer of water in the home. New “Energy Star” certified models may use 50% less water and energy per load.
- Run Dishwashers and Washing Machines
Try to run your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are fully loaded.
- Use Water Only When it is Necessary
Turn it off when finished.
Tips for Saving Water – Outdoors
During warmer weather months, many consumers increase their outdoor water usage. The amount of water that homeowners use to keep their lawns green or gardens lush increases significantly during the summer months…almost four times as much water is used during June through August than the rest of the year! Commissioner Peter Meyer advises that according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are simple ways to promote a healthier lawn and garden with less water this summer.
- Spring It Back: Grass doesn’t always need water just because it’s hot. Step on the lawn, and if the grass springs back, it doesn’t need water. An inexpensive soil moisture sensor can also show the amount of moisture at the plant’s roots and discourage overwatering.
- Keep It Long: Raise your lawn mower blade. Longer grass promotes deeper root growth, resulting in a more drought-resistant lawn, reduced evaporation and fewer weeds.
- Give Your Hose A Break: Sweep driveways, sidewalks and steps rather than hosing them off. Also, don’t forget to check for leaks at your spigot connection and tighten as necessary.
- *Water Wisely: The use of an EPA WaterSense labeled automatic irrigation controller can potentially save thousands of gallons per season. So consider upgrading your irrigation system controller. Not only will you be conserving our vital drinking water resource, you will also lower your water bill!