Water Conservation Tips

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Image courtesy of Dan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

In today’s environmentally conscious world, water conservation has become a global conversation.  No one is immune from water concerns.  For example, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that “even though Georgia’s high average rainfall is usually enough to recharge its aquifers, the combination of recent droughts and increased demand have strained the state’s groundwater resources,” causing decreased water pressure and concerns about saltwater entering fresh drinking water.

When it comes to water conservation, small steps can make a big difference.  Consider implementing the following tips in your daily life.

  • If you must water your lawn in the summer, do so at night when the air is coolest, thus decreasing the chances of the water evaporating before it hits the ground. Additionally, you can purchase an inexpensive timer that will automatically shut off your outside faucet after a set period of time in case you forget to do so.
  • Read your water meter at a time when no water is being used in your home, then return about 8 hours later and check it again. If the meter has moved, it is possible you have an undetected water leak in your home that needs to be fixed.
  • Check the temperature of your water heater. It should not be above 120 degrees Fahrenheit or medium temperature.  If it is, contact a licensed plumber to have it adjusted.
  • Immediately fix any leaky faucets you have in your home. Did you know that just one drip per second can add up to more than 8 gallons of water waste in a single day?
  • Replace your older shower heads with new lower flow models to save over 7 gallons of water per minute of usage.
  • Contact your water provider to find out the level of water pressure in your home. If it is above 60 pounds per square inch, call a licensed plumber to install a pressure reducing valve.

How to Check the Temperature on Your Water Heater

Save energy by setting your water heater temperature appropriately

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Whether you are taking a shower in the morning to invigorate yourself for the day, or a bath in the evening to relax and unwind before bed, running out of hot water can definitely put a damper on your mood.  Luckily, many issues you may have with your water, such as it being too hot, too cold, or taking too long to warm up, can be resolved by calling a licensed plumber to adjust the thermostat on your water heater. [Read more…]

Water Conservation in Georgia

Learn some valuable tips to help conserve water in your home!

water conservation in GA via plumbing maintenanceWater conservation is a national concern, but it is especially on the minds of the citizens of Georgia.  With dry conditions throughout the state, and nearly ten million citizens who need clean water for drinking and bathing, there is always a concern that some areas will end up with a short supply.  Unfortunately, your indoor plumbing could be causing major water waste without you even knowing it.  Below are some items to check on within your home as part of an ongoing effort to conserve Georgia’s water resources. [Read more…]