Indoor Water Conservation - Save Water, Energy, and Money

Welcome to winter! This time of year, many of us are spending more time indoors. Since you are inside anyway, let’s take a few minutes to consider water conservation, you guessed it, indoors!

Leaking toilets and dripping faucets may seem like small amounts of water going down the drain, but that water not only adds up quickly, every drop counts.

According to the EPA, the average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. 

In bathtubs and showers, check the spout or shower head for dripping water. Check for wetness in sinks and underneath other faucets after they have not been in use for a period of time. Toilets may leak silently or they may run intermittently without being flushed. The City of Pullman offers free sewer dye tablets. These dye tabs are easy enough for everyone to use, and City of Pullman utility customers can get free tablets by calling 509-338-3242. Drop the dye tab in your toilet tank, and leave it for about 20 minutes without flushing. If colored water appears in the toilet bowl without a flush occurring, you can see that a leak is present.  

Other locations to look for leaks within your home include at or near the dishwasher, refrigerator ice-making unit, hot water tank, washing machine, water softener, humidifier, and boilers.

Okay, so you’ve found a leak, now what? Many leaks are simple fixes, and the internet is your friend if you’d like to learn how to tackle a project yourself. Hiring someone to fix issues for you could pay for itself, depending on the amount of water you’ll be saving.

Did you know that running your full dishwasher actually uses less water than handwashing them? Have you ever noticed it takes longer for your shower to warm up on winter mornings? Insulating the hot water pipes inside of your home reduces heat loss. This can raise water temperatures allowing you to lower the temperature setting and sending less water and energy down the drain while you wait for water to warm up. Another conservation thought for you as we are in the thick of the holidays. Is this the year to gift yourself new water and energy-saving appliances?

 

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