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GREEN Education - Household Tips

Saving water around the house is simple and smart.  The average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill but could save about 30% per year by using water-efficient fixtures and utilizing water-saving practices.²
 
LEAKS: over 10% of an average household’s water use comes from leaks³  

  • The constant drip of a leaky faucet isn’t just annoying; it’s also a huge waste of water. You can lose about 20 gallons of water per day from a leaky faucet.¹  
  • A leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water every day. To tell if your toilet is leaking, place a drop of food coloring in the tank; if the color shows in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.²
  • Check your water meter to see if you have any leaks (don’t use any water for an hour and see if the meter moves during that time).³

BATHROOM / KITCHEN:

the average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of 2 gallons per minute; by turning off the tap you can save more than 100 gallons of water per person each month.²

  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.¹
  • If you’re in the market for a toilet, buy a low-flow model as they use as little as half as much water as standard toilets.¹
  • If you don’t have a low-flow toilet, put a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush.¹
  • Install low-flow faucet aerators and low flow shower-heads.  The water savings will make up for the purchase price in the long run.¹

¹  www.h20conserve.org; ²  www.epa.gov; ³  www.lowimpactliving.com