Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Save that water!

Think that drip drip drip from your leaky faucet is merely annoying? Well, your problem could be much worse, as that little leak is wasting precious water resources and if that isn't bad enough it is costing you money on you water bill! How can you make sure that your home is up to speed and in turn making you an ethical customer? Pull on those gloves, grab a wrench, (Okay, you won't necessarily need one, but let's get into the plumbing spirit shall we!) and identify those little water wasting culprits!

Well, the obvious, we hate to admit, is simply to cut back on the time we turn on the taps. I'm as guilty as the next person in loving my long, hot showers. But gone are the days we should be doing that, or at least not on a daily basis, and if you can cut down on the time you lather you'll be doing the environment a service! Hopefully by now no one still leaves the water running while brushing those pearly whites, but if you've missed the boat there it's not too late to hop on board! Your teeth aren't going to be any cleaner with the water running as you scrub and floss away!

If you're in the market for a new dish washer, toilet, or washing machine, look for ones that use the least amount of water. Toilets can be a major waste with each flush, so find one that expenses the least amount of water with each pull of the lever. The same goes with updating a shower head or sink fixture. A shower head that boasts a rate of 2.2 or 2.5 gallons a minute will be a significant improvement from the older models that can have anywhere from 3.5 to 5.5 gallons per minute flow rates. As for that leak, tighten it up and either fix it yourself or call an expert. Until a leak is fixed, a good idea is to put either a cup or bowl under it to catch the lost water and use this for things such as watering the plants or washing off a mess; put that drip to good use!

When it comes to lawn care, we all love a nice green grass, but watering it can be a drain...literally. However, if you don't live in a place that receives a good amount of natural watering from rain, it's always best to water your grass either in the morning or at night when the sun isn't at it's most powerful. This way you can stop a lot of what you're pouring out from simply being evaporated. You can even irrigate your yard to be more water conscious and efficient.

Now that you've buffed up on what you need to tighten down the amount of water your home wastes, you will not only be a more ethical customer, but to coin an old water company slogan, you won't be a 'water wasting fool'!

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