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3 Ways Conserving Water May Save More than Just Water

Water is an infinite commodity, which if not managed properly could result in shortages in the future. As our population continues to grow, the demand for water increases. Homes with high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances may save about 30 percent of indoor water use and yield substantial savings on water, sewer, and energy bills. Here are 5 ways you could on how you could conserve energy by monitoring your water consumption.

1. Check your toilet for any leaks

Toilet leaks can result in lots of water waste and other issues that come along with it that can end up costing you a fortune. Test if your toilet with this simple test: leaking by dropping 10 to 15 drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. DO NOT FLUSH, wait about 10 minutes, if the color appears in your toilet then you may have a leak. Try to check this often to avoid any leaks and possible mold build-up.

2. Replace any old water-using equipment

According to Energy Star, washing machines are the second largest water consumer in your home. Consider replacing your washer with an Energy Star certified one. Find out if your washer is Energy Star or not.

3. Make sure your boiler is set at proper temperatures

Cooling and heating water requires energy use. Take a look at your water heater and look for an “Energy Guide” sticker or find one on the manufacturer’s website. This guide can allow you to see the “estimated yearly operating cost” marked on a scale. (source: Polar Bear Mechanical Services)

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