how-to-conserve-waterHelp reduce your water bill with these simple tips:

1. Take shorter showers. Each minute off your shower time can save up to 7.5 gallons of water.

2. Repair leaky faucets. A small drip can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day.

3. Only wash full loads of laundry and adjust water level to the load size. Small loads use twice the amount of water per pound of laundry.

4. Reduce the amount of water flushed down the toilet. Using a float booster or placing a full water bottle in the tank displaces water which can save 10 gallons per day.

5. Don’t let water run while washing dishes. Fill the sink with water instead and cut your water usage by 50 percent.

6. Invest in products approved by the environmental protection agency. WaterSense labeled products are up to 20 percent more water-efficient. Energy Star certified dishwashers and washing machines save water and energy.

7. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving. This can save more than 200 gallons of water per month.

8. Use your hose sparingly when washing your vehicle. A hose can discharge up to 10 gallons per minute.

9. Invest in a rain barrel to water outdoor plants. A 1-inch rainstorm can produce up to 600 gallons of water on your roof alone. Rain Barrels can save about 1,300 gallons of water during the summer.

10. Limit lawn irrigation. A sprinkler can use up to 500 gallons of water in just two hours. Most lawns only need about 1 inch of water per week.

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