Be a GREEN homeowner

green home Becoming an Eco-friendly consumer will not only benefit the environment but also your bank account with much     lower utility bills.

Want to save money and help the environment?

Find out how to green up your residential plumbing with the following conservation tips that can be easily implemented in homes:

In Home Conservation Tips

  • You can save 8 gallons per day if you turn off the water during teeth brushing, shaving, and dish washing by hand or soaping .
  • Take more showers and less baths. When we shower we consume less than 10 gallons of water compared to as much as 25 gallons through bathing. Shorten your shower by 2 minutes to save 5 gallons per day, per shower.
  • Do not ignore dripping faucets in the house. Fix them and save 20 gallons per day.
  • Washers and dishwashers run on full loads to save up to 50 gallons per load.
  • Replace old 3.5 gallon toilets with High Efficiency Toilets (HET) of 1.6 or 1.28 gallons.
  • Read your water meter to detect hidden water leaks in and around your home.
  • Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators.
  • If it’s time to replace your conventional water heater, opt for tankless units or even solar water heaters.
  • Toilets are also known as silent water leakers. Leaky toilets can increase water bills by $500. Check for toilet leaks by adding food coloring dye to the tank. If water appears at the bowl your toilet is leaking.

Outdoor Conservation Tips

  • Water your garden before 8 a.m. to slow down the evaporation process and cut down wind interference for water saving of 25 gallons per day.
  • Try a broom, not a hose for cleaning driveways and sidewalks and save 150 gallons of water each time.
  • Check your sprinkler and irrigation system for leaks, over-spray and broken sprinkler heads to save up-to 500 gallons a month.
  • Organic mulch around the plants will reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons annually.
    Select plants that require less watering and fit the local climate conditions.
  • Avoid cutting a closely-clipped lawn. Instead raise the lawn mower blade to at least three inches. A higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture better.
  • Use rain water to water your garden.