Water Saving Tips
Water saving is helpful for the environment and for your wallet. Here are a few water saving tips that can help you to avoid any wasteful water usage.
1) Check faucets.
- If one of your faucets is dripping at a rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons of water per year! Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers or by calling a professional plumber.
2) Replace aerators and flow restrictors.
- Retrofitting household faucets with flow restricting aerators can reduce the flow of water through the faucet, which results in less water used.
3) Inspect water softening systems.
- If you have a water softening system, you may be able to save both water and salt by running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary to maintain water softness. Turning off the water softener when it is not needed (such as if you are on vacation) may also avoid water waste.
4) Only run appliances when full.
- Running a dishwasher or laundry machine half full can use twice the water necessary to complete a task, depending upon your household’s habits. Wait until you have enough dishes or clothes, then use the washer or dishwasher.
5) Consider changing your habits.
- How long you shower, brush your teeth, and how often you flush the toilet can impact your water use. Simply changing habits like throwing trash away rather than flushing it, taking shorter showers and turning off the water when you brush your teeth can have a positive impact on your water bill.
Check out our seven ways to conserve brochure.
Find out how much water you use. This will take you to a new website, courtesy of SWFWMD.
Visit the Florida Department of Environment Protection website for more tips about saving.