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10 Tips for saving water

Saving water is a huge priority these days. The following hints are designed to help you save money and preserve our fresh water resources. There are many different ways to save water and they all start with you.

#1. Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1000 gallons a month. Also, if you run them past 7:00pm you will save on energy as well.

#2. Donít let the water run while you brush your teeth and you could save up to 4 gallons a minute. Thatís 200 gallons a week for a family of four.

#3. Grab a wrench or call Lee to fix that leaky faucet. Itís easy, inexpensive, and could save up to 140 gallons a week.

#4. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load so you donít accidentally over water the load. Also, try to only do laundry when you are going to do a full load, it will cut electrical costs.

#5. Install low-flow showerheads in all showers and aerated faucets on your sinks. Theyíre inexpensive, easy to install, and can save your family up to 900 gallons a week. Hint: If your shower can fill a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, then you probably need to replace it with a more water efficient showerhead.

#6. By reusing your shower towel multiple times, it will cut down on the amount of laundry you will produce.

#7. Verify that your home is leak-free! Many homes have hidden water leaks. 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, there is a leak.

#8. Use a hose nozzle and turn off the water while you wash your car and save more than 100 gallons at a time.

#9. Consider installing an instant tankless water heater so you donít have to let the water run while it heats up. This will reduce heating costs and water waste for your household.

#10. Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap water run every time you want a cool glass of water. This could save hundreds of gallons a month.