Save On Water Consumption: Nip the Drip
Household Leaks Waste Water
If you were to add up all the gallons of water wasted across the United States by common household plumbing leaks, you probably wouldn’t believe the number: One trillion. That’s right! Household leaks waste more than a trillion gallons of water every year. That is more than enough water to supply the cities of Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago…combined.
Water Leaks Can Raise Your Water Bill
On a note that hits closer to home in these tough economic times, simple water leaks can raise your household water bill by as much as 12 percent.
Conserve Water Now
In an effort to encourage Americans to find and fix plumbing leaks, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will hold an annual “Fix a Leak Week”, in March.
According to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, “When households have a leak, it’s not just a waste of water, it’s a waste of money. But fixing leaky pipes, buying WaterSense® products and taking other simple steps, families can save on their water bills and conserve clean water for future generations to enjoy.”
Like ENERGY STAR®, WaterSense® is an EPA partnership scheme that seeks to protect the future of our water supply by providing simple tips to help people cut down on water consumption. Since 2006, WaterSense® has helped American consumers save more than 46 billion gallons of water and reduce their water and sewer bills by $343 million.
Check for Sneaky Leaks
The quickest and easiest way to check for sneaky leaks is to take a closer look at your monthly water bill. For a family of four, average wintertime water usage should sit somewhere around 12,000 gallons a month. If you are using much more than that, you probably have a leak somewhere.
Replace Water Fixture and Washers
An easy way to fix leaks is to replace worn or aging fixtures and washers. Small replacement parts and new fixtures will pay for themselves in water cost savings in just a few months, and they are easy to install. Of course, a professional plumber can also come to your rescue for a relatively affordable cost if you’re not a do-it-yourself-er.
How To Get Started
Here are some tips from the EPA to help you get started:
- Check for leaks. Most leaks in faucets or spigots can be seen just by looking. To find toilet leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank; if color emerges in the bowl before you flush, there is a leak. Be sure to check outdoor irrigation systems and spigots, too.
- Tighten pipe connections. Over time, pipe joints can come loose, but a quick turn of a wrench can stop most leaks. A faucet aerator or showerhead with a WaterSense® label is a quick and easy way to save even more water without sacrificing water pressure.
- Replace plumbing fixtures. Look for fixtures with the WaterSense® label. These are independently certified to consume 20 percent less water, and they perform as well or better than traditional models.
Contact Horizon Services
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