by Stacy Taylor
Today we’re talking about conservation of one of our most precious resources: water. Now we all know about the old “turn off the water when brushing your teeth” rule, but there are so many more ways that I can’t name them all here. We have an earlier post on this blog about rainwater collection for outdoor water conservation that I urge all of you to check out. It is eye opening.
Toilets are notorious for stealing water. Here’s how you check – put a couple drops of food coloring in the tank and check in half an hour. If there’s color in the bowl then your flapper is leaking. It’s a $5 fix that can pay for itself in a couple months. Also walk around the outside of your house and look for your water heater’s T & P drain. If water is running out of it something is wrong, have it checked. One thing that’s really simple is to check and make sure you have low-flow aerators on all your faucets and shower heads. Also, if it drips fix it, you’re wasting water by the minute.
Sprinkler systems are a great way to keep your yard looking good. But they are one of the biggest wastes of water in the residential home. Get to know how your system works. If you don’t have one already, get a rain monitor for your system. This keeps your system from running when it’s raining and you obviously don’t need it. These monitors also have freeze sensors to keep you from turning your sidewalk into the local skating rink.Most important, keep a check on the heads.One bad head can waste hundreds of gallons per cycle.
So here’s a run down of the average usage around our house. (Granted there are just 2 of us but we work here 24/7 so we’re here a lot more than the average household.) Electricity = $75 a month average, Propane = less than one refill a year, water = less than 2,000 gallons a month. Now let’s hear about your conservation ideas…