We have lots of tips to share.
Skim through these ideas and visit the links below. Do everything in these checklists and you will be a water champion – and save money.
- Visit EPA's WaterSense page.
- Watch this Home Water Challenge video or use a Home Water Audit Calculator to see where you can save water.
- Become a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.
- Monitor your water meter as a way of discovering leaks: turn off all water, indoors and out. Read your water meter at 10-to-20-minute intervals. If the meter continues to run or turn, a leak probably exists and needs to be located.
- Grab a wrench and learn to fix it. Leaks are simple to repair, while a slow leak can drip 170 gallons each day, or 5,000 gallons per month!
- Work with your plumber to help reduce your water, energy, and chemical use.
- For immediate hot water and energy savings, insulate hot water pipes. This reduces the delays (and water you waste) while waiting for the water to "run hot."
- Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting. Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. If a pipe were bursts, this would save you gallons of water and prevent damage.
- Make suggestions to your employer or school to encourage them to save water and money.
- Teach your kids. More resources at EPA's WaterSense for kids page.
- Report broken pipes, leaky hydrants and errant sprinklers to property owners or our local water provider, Suez.
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