Paying more attention to your water usage and working to conserve water will not only help you save money but helps your community’s environment as well. Here are 15 easy ways you can do both. In the bathroom: Don’t allow the water to constantly run while you are brushing your teeth or shaving. Turn it on and off as needed instead. Fix toilet leaks. One easy way to figure out if your toilet is leaking is: Add a few drops of food coloring into the toilet’s tank. If the water in the toilet bowl turns that color without flushing, your toilet tank is leaking. Limit the amount of time you spend in the shower to under ten minutes. Replace old toilets with a 1.6-gallon, ultra-low flush toilet. This can save you more than three gallons of water per flush! Don’t use the toilet as a trash can; every flush cost you money and water, plus you run the risk of clogging the toilet. Instead, place a small garbage receptacle in your bathroom near the toilet, and encourage other household members to use it. Install water-conserving faucets and showerheads. These are inexpensive and easy to install on your own. Repair leaky faucets and pipes. Even tiny drips can waste 20 or more gallons of water a day. In the kitchen and elsewhere: When washing the dishes by hand, don’t leave the water constantly running. Only run your washing machine or dishwasher when you have full loads–this way, you’ll save on water and electricity bills. Use the garbage disposal only when truly necessary. Keep cold water in the refrigerator for drinking or use ice cubes to chill a glass of tap water, rather than running the tap until the water becomes cold. Defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator instead of using running water to thaw them. Don’t run the water constantly while cleaning vegetables or fruit. When at work, use a glass or refillable water bottle to drink from rather than constantly using the water fountain. For help implementing these and other water-conserving strategies, contact Pipe Works Services. We have been keeping New Jersey homes comfortable and families safe since 2000. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about water and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!

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