Appliance & Plumbing Tips

Save Water with Appliances & Plumbing
  • Check water requirements of different models/brands when purchasing a new appliance. Some use more than others.
  • Check all water line connections and faucets for leaks. A slow drip can waste as much as 170 gallons of water each day, or 5,000 gallons a month, and will add to the water bill.
  • Learn to repair faucets so that drips can be corrected promptly. It's easy to do, and can mean a substantial savings in water and plumbing bills.
  • Check for hidden leaks such as between the water meter and the house. Turn off all indoor and outdoor faucets and water-using appliances. The water meter should be read at 10-20 minute intervals. If it continues to run, a leak probably exists.
  • Insulate all hot water pipes to reduce delays in waiting for the water to run hot.
  • Be sure the water heater thermostat is not set too high.
  • Use a moisture meter to determine when house plants need water. More plants die from over-watering than from being dry.