• Water Saving Measures around the Home

    Posted by   |  April 14, 2017
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    The NYC Department of Environmental Protection started a leak notification program in 2011 with automated meter readers. This program alerts homeowners when their water consumption rises higher than normal, and emails consumers if their consumption triples. This is a strategy to detect leaks to save water and money. Sign up here

    Fill your sink with warm water when washing dishes, rather than letting the tap run.

    Since power plants use water to produce electricity, saving electricity is a direct way to save water.

    Run the dishwasher and washing machines only when they’re full.

    You can add water-saving fixtures to your sink or shower head that cut water usage without any extra effort.

    You can put bottles of water in the refrigerator, so the next time you want a cold drink, you don’t have to run the tap to make the water cold.

    Outside

    Water your lawn when the sun is low. Watering midday will cause more water to evaporate than when it’s cooler, therefore requiring more water to achieve the same effect.

    Make sure your sprinklers aren’t watering your roof or paved areas.

    Using a rain barrel to catch roof runoff is a great way to reuse water to water your plants.

    Use a bucket of soapy water to wash the car, and only spray it with the hose when rinsing.

    Use a broom, not a hose, to clean off the driveway or walkway.

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