Easy fixes can cost next to nothing and help conserve water and your money.
Household leaks can get expensive, fast. Without even knowing it, your house could be wasting thousands of gallons, and a sewer and water bill might double or triple in size. Most wasted water comes from bathrooms - the biggest culprit being the toilet. Make sure your toilet is working properly with these three easy steps.
Finding a silent leak:
1. Put food dye in your toilet tank.
2. Watch to see if the color seeps into the bowl without flushing.
3. If the water changes color, replace the flapper in your toilet tank.
A leaking toilet can waste up to 5 gallons of water a minute – or 7,200 gallons a day - so make sure to check yours for silent leaks.
Here are more basic water conservation tips:
· Learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks.
· Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week.
· Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.
· Don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes, and hoses.
· Take short showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.
· Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
· When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
· Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy and helps your clothes retain their color.
· When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
· If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
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