July Environmental Tip of the Month

Many of these environmental tips not only save the environment, they also save you money. Water conservation is one of those topics. Here are a few simple ideas.

Water Consumption: Each time you turn on a water faucet use the lowest pressure necessary. Keep the water turned on only while it is needed (for example shut off the faucet while you're brushing your teeth). For drinking water, keep a pitcher in your refrigerator so you don't have to let water run to cool.
leaking toilet flapper.

Fix Leaks Promptly!: It is estimated that 13.7% of household water is wasted by leaks. Check your water meter when no one is using water in the house. If it's moving there's a leak. A running toilet can waste 2 gallons a minute. Check by adding food coloring to the tank without flushing. After 10 minutes, look for leaks indicated by color in the bowl. This is most likely a worn flapper valve that can easily be replaced.

Low Flow Toilets: One of the best ways to avoid wasting water is to switch to low flow or dual flush toilets. Flush your toilet only every other time or when it has solid waste.

Showers: Replace existing shower heads with the lowest flow product you can find. Shower heads with a mist setting let you reduce water flow even further. Shower instead of taking a bath. Time your showers - try to keep them to 5 minutes. If taking a bath, limit how high you fill the tub.

Full Loads: Always run full loads of laundry and dishes. Choose the short cycle at low water levels whenever possible. Set the clothing washer at the lowest possible temperature needed and for single rinse only.