water conservation

Compete with yourself, or your friends or neighbors.  If you have City of Tallahassee utilities, go to http://www.talgov.com/you/DataMartSearch.aspx  and key in any address to obtain electricity, water and natural gas consumption.  Make a friendly competition with yourself or others for reducing consumption.  It’s fun! You can graph the figures into a spreadsheet and treat the winner (or yourself) to dinner. 

Use low-flow shower heads with a cut-off valve and faucet devices that slow the flow. 

Turn the water off using the cut-off valve when you are lathering-up. This will keep the hot and cold water mixed, whereas turning off the water altogether would not. Savings will be found in using less water and in the energy that would be required to heat it.

Take shorter, cooler or fewer showers.

Turn off the water while rinsing dishes, brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face.

Replace your sink faucets with faucets that have touch on/off features. If you have a need to replace a faucet, you'll save a lot of water with these touch features.  Touch it to stop the flow, and touch it again and the water comes back on immediately at the same mix of hot/cold.

Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket. For what's OK to flush and what's not OK to flush, check this  Down the Drain Guide.

Correct your toilet's overuse of water. Solutions are available at your home improvement store.

Reduce the amount of toilet flushing.  Each time the toilet is flushed 5-7 gallons of water are wasted.Discuss your family’s tolerance level for “let it mellow if it’s yellow..." and come to some agreement on reducing flushes.  

Use dishwashers and clothes washers only when full. With clothes washers, avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an extra 5 gallons for the extra rinse.

Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.

Wrap your water heater in an energy saving heat blanket.

Install a faucet-mounted or countertop water filter for drinking water instead of using bottled water.

Fix a dripping faucet.

Check for water leaks.  If you have City of Tallahassee water, it’s easy to check for an unusual increase in your water usage with this website:  http://www.talgov.com/you/DataMartSearch.aspx.

Use cold water to do your laundry.

Reduce your hot water heater temperature to 120 degrees.

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