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Friday, October 8, 2010

Ways to Conserve Water Inside & Out

Nobody wants to be accused of wasting the natural resources. In fact, today's society is frequently focused on taking steps to conserve and protect natural resources such as the air we breathe, the plants and the animals who share our world and our water. And while all of these focuses are great, sometimes it can be difficult to do everything well. However, there are some things that all of us can do right from our homes. And better yet, not only will it help the environment at large, but doing your part to prevent and conserve water at home will also help lower your water costs each month. Here are several places in your home where you can take action.

Outside

One of the best things you can do to conserve water outdoors is by paying attention to any water buildup in your yard. If you have an area where water frequently collects, you may want to talk to a landscaper about ways to build up the ground level. You will also need to make regular checks for any hidden water leaks or slab leaks. Sometimes these leaks are caused by cracks or frozen pipes, other times it can be caused by backed up sewer lines. By making sure that pipes are wrapped properly, and the lines are clear, you can prevent this overflow and conserve water.

Another common source of leaks is in the pool or a spa. Routine checking for leaks is vital, as an undetected pool leak can let out more than 1,000 gallons of water per day. Basic concerns and check points for water conservation are:

  • The automatic water filler- fillers that constantly fill and release water are a warning that there is a leak somewhere along the lines.
  • Use a pool/spa cover to help lower water loss due to evaporation. Not only will this prevent having to refill as often, but it will keep the temperature warmer lowering heating costs.
  • Pay attention to chemical usage. If there are sudden spikes in the amount needed or in algae growth-especially after adding chemicals, then you may have a leak. Check as many of the water lines to your pool as possible, and note the ground above them, if the ground there is wetter than other parts of the yard, you likely have a leak.

In the Kitchen and Bathrooms

The two most common areas for leaks within the home are the kitchen and bath, with the primary culprit being the area around the sink. Make it a point to check at least once a month for any leaks. If you live in older home, you may need to check more often. In addition to the sink, having a leaky toilet can cause severe damage and can add as much as $500 to your water bill. Consider replacing a leaky toilet with the newer low flush models or by putting a water displacement device in the tank.

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