Falling back on water use

November 2, 2012 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

The summer drought is no longer fresh in our minds, but that doesn’t mean that our water usage should pick up again.  Fall is a time when overall water usage drops a bit because we are no longer watering our lawns and gardens, however my hope is to keep water fresh on your mind this season.  Try some of these useful tips to keep your water bill low this autumn.

One of the biggest areas that we use water indoors is with our washing machines.  As easy as it might be, try avoiding washing a few items here and there.  The most efficient use of water would be to only run the washer when it is full, this ensures an effective use of water and could actually save you over 1,000 gallons a month.  Other tips regarding clothes washing, including correct water temperatures and detergent use can be found on our website.

There are a few fantastic gadgets that you can purchase to stem your water use as well. Something that I think is extremely cool (excuse my pun) is an instant water heater.  If you install it near your sink, you won’t need to wait as long for hot water.  If that seems like too much of an expenditure, try insulating your hot water pipes, while it won’t be as effective as the instant water heater, it will be much better than nothing.  Make sure you install faucet aerators for once the water gets to your sink.  Faucet aerators are cheap ways to lessen the amount of water coming out of your sink while maintaining a steady and strong water pressure.

Try taking shorter showers, even if only by a minute or two.  Just reducing your shower by a minute or two can conserve over 150 gallons a month.  I’m guilty of the occasional long shower, however it’s important to keep in mind that reducing the length of your average shower or the number of times you splurge and take longer showers has a huge impact on your water usage.

Finally, if you are in the market for new appliances, make sure you look for the EPA Watersense Label.  These have been certified to save 20% or more water without sacrificing performance.

I realize that some of these tips feel extremely obvious, however it’s important to keep these in mind as you move forward.  My hope is that if you internalize just 2 of these tips, you can conserve a large amount of water with not too much extra effort on your part.

Sincerely,
Enact Intern Adam

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