Category Archives: Water Conservation

Outdoor Cleaning While Saving Water

Everyone likes to keep the outside of their homes tidy and clean. Your neighbors may appreciate the effort, but your water bill may not. Saving water is easy when you change up a few of your routine outdoor tasks. Start with sweeping away the dirt from driveways, pathways, and sidewalks instead of hosing them off. Depending on your hose, you could be spraying at a rate of 5 to 10 gallons per minute. Even short five or fifteen minute jobs end up using a lot of water that is simply running down the drain. Sweeping takes little to no extra effort and delivers the same …

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Water-Saving Showerheads

Changing your showerhead is a fast and simple way to decrease water usage inside your home. Particularly if you have an older home with an outdated showerhead, you could be using more water than you really need every time you hop into the shower. New showerheads can be inexpensive and help you save water by lowering the flow to 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) or less. Many homes even go to a lower gpm simply out of preference – in 1999, the national average was 2.22 gpm! When it’s time to replace your showerhead, you can also consider one with an on-off switch. This switch …

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Check Your Water Meter Regularly

Your water meter gets looked at maybe four times a year, and even then, it’s usually a repair or service person checking it, not you. Or maybe it isn’t looked at all and your water use is measured elsewhere. You could be wasting water without even knowing it when your water meter could be filling you in on all of its secrets. You just have to stop by and ask it! Before you go and take a peek, please be aware that some utility companies prohibit you from opening the meter box. If your meter is not visible without opening a box or other protective …

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