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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cut Costs with Conservation

It’s used for everything from crops to dishwashing and even makes up about 60% of your body.  But it’s quickly becoming harder and harder to meet the fresh water demands of the more than 6 billion inhabitants of our fair planet.  

In the face of drought and pollution, it’s never been more important to conserve water resources.  Luckily, there are small things that each of us can do to make a large impact…

Reduce Water Waste
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to save hundreds – or even thousands – of gallons of water in your home each year.  When you do, you’re helping the environment and your wallet.
  • If you have older, more inefficient fixtures, consider upgrading to newer models.  Just by changing your toilet to a 1.9 gallon-per-flush model, you can save 18,600 gallons of water and up to $90 a year.
  • Fix leaking faucets and toilets.  One drop per second from your faucet wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year.
     

Preventing Water Damage

Water damage accounts for 25% of all insurance claims. Water seepage into a home can cause a host of problems, including structural damage, mold, mildew and the creation of an environment conducive to certain insects or other pests. Your best defense? Regular inspections for damage:
 
Homeowners with basement windows may want to consider window coverings that divert rainwater.
 
Regularly clean out gutters and downspouts so that rainwater can drain out and away from the home.

Should you install an in-ground sprinkler system?

Most people think that they can save a lot of water with an in-ground sprinkler system. It’s true, but only if you manage it well.

First, people who use a hose and sprinkler probably irrigate less frequently. (Hey, you’re busy!) While that approach may save water, it’ll probably cost you more to re-sod your undernourished yard!

Second, those with in-ground sprinkler systems often set the controller to meet the highest need – watering too much and too often in many areas.

An in-ground sprinkler system can save you time, money and trouble while beautifying your yard. But it needs to be managed carefully and adjusted for seasonal water demands.

Source: American Water Works Association www.awwa.org
 

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