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How to Save on Your Water Bill

When it comes to saving money on your water bills each month, small adjustments can have a big impact. From fixing leaks to upgrading fixtures – see below for some simple ways to save:

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  • Leaks – Did you know 10 percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day? Keep your home leak free by checking and repairing faucets, toilet flappers, and shower heads. Should you see any unusual increase in your water bills or meter – this may be your first clue your home has a leak. If you can’t seem to locate it – that’s where we come in.
  • Fixtures – Switching over to low flow, water-efficient fixtures uses less water per minute than older, traditional models. Consider installing WaterSense labeled shower heads and you could potentially save 700 gallons of water per year – the equivalent to 40 showers!
  • Appliances – When it comes to washing dishes or doing laundry, waiting until you have a full load to do is a better method for conserving water. An even better method? Choosing Energy Star-certified dishwashers and washers/dryers. These appliances tend to use 25% less energy (and less water) than the norm.
  • Habits – Above all, actively wean yourself away from bad water habits. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth or shave, limit your shower time, etc. You can also look into ways to recycle water – like saving water used for cooking pasta or washing veggies to water your garden or household plants.

For over 25 years, Patterson Plumbing has been Pueblo, Colorado’s go to company for plumbing, heating, cooling, water treatment, and remodeling needs. If you have questions about saving water in your home, think you have a leak, or need help installing some new energy efficient fixtures – give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-544-4922.

Conserving Water at Home

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Water is by far the most valuable resource on our planet but there isn’t an abundant supply. Even though 70 percent of the Earth is covered by water, less than 1 percent can be used for human use.

Considering the recent water shortages in California and evidence of rivers and lakes evaporating, we may be in for a rude awakening should our supply continue to dry up. Now while we can’t control the climate or environment, the least we CAN do is work on conservation efforts ourselves. Take a look at the below to help play your part:

Don’t leave the tap running
It’s easy to just leave the water running while doing things like brushing our teeth or even washing the dishes – but this can easily waste two gallons of water per minute!

Cut the shower time down
Maybe its you or maybe it’s a friend or family member, regardless we all know someone infamous for taking those painfully long showers. With a five minute shower taking 15 to 25 gallons of water – how much is wasted when we extend out shower times to contemplate life? If you can’t bear the thought of giving up your typical shower routine, install a low-flow shower head to save two gallons per minute!

Use one cup and stick to it
Noticing piles of cups in your sink? Are they from filling glasses of water? Instead of grabbing a new cup each time, keep one by the sink that you can easily reach for when you want a glass of H2O. This way you help cut down on dish-washing time. OR, buy a water bottle to refill daily.

Don’t rush that flush
By far the largest percentage of indoor water use occurs in the bathroom – with 41 percent used for flushing. The saying is, “If it’s yellow keep it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down.” Consider that motto next time!

Call your plumber
Get that leaky faucet fixed! Even the slightest leak can waste gallons over the course of the year. If you notice any leaky fixtures in your home, be sure to give us a call!

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, our plumbing and drain cleaning experts are prepared to repair any problem you may have. Our technicians provide the highest level of service and technical excellence: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

Water Saving Tips for Earth Month

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Committed to saving water this Earth Month? We’ve got you covered. Here are some simple water saving tips to help you save both indoors and out:

  1. Fix your leaks! While we know Fix a Leak Week was last month, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be keeping your eye out for leaky fixtures. Small household leaks can add up to gallons of wasted water a day.
  2. Shower Better – Showers use less water than baths, as long as you keep an eye on how long you’ve been lathering up. You also may want to consider replacing old showered with a WaterSense labeled model to save on water, energy, and money.
  3. Clean Better – When doing the dishes by hand, plug up the sink or use a wash basin. If you decide to run the dishwasher, make sure its FULLY loaded first. While you’re at it, scrape that plate instead of rinsing before placing in the dishwasher.
  4. Create a Water-Smart Landscape Of the estimated 29 billion gallons of water used daily by households in the United States, nearly 9 billion gallons, or 30 percent, is devoted to outdoor water use. By creating a water-smart landscape you’ll create a yard that is both beautiful and efficient, giving your home some extra curb appeal.
  5. Ditch the Hose – Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps instead of hosing them off. Also wash your car with water from a bucket instead of leaving the hose running.

Spot some leaks or have questions about your home’s plumbing, feel free to give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call! Our technicians provide the highest level of service and technical excellence: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

National Garden Month – Replacing an Outdoor Faucet

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Over time outdoor water faucets wear down. So while you’re dewinterzing your home and preparing for warmer weather, you may want to consider replacing outdoor faucets with newer models:

  • First, shut off the water that feeds the spigot. You may need to shut off the house’s main water supply valve, or another valve closer to the outdoor line. Open the faucet completely to drain out all the water.
  • Next, with a wrench and a pair of adjustable pliers, hold the wrench on the water pipe to keep it still while slowly turning the pliers around the pipe that is connected to the faucet counterclockwise until the faucet is loose.
  • Once loosened, unscrew the faucet by the hand in a counterclockwise motion. Use a stiff brush to clean the pipe threads from any rust or debris. Then wrap the threads with plumber’s tape to ensure a strong seal.
  • After going to the home improvement store with the old faucet to select a new one that meets the same specs, screw this new faucet onto the pipe by hand until tightened.
  • Finish it off by tightening with the wrench and pliers. You may want to cover the faucet with a towel to protect it’s finish from getting chipped or scratched.

Once it’s tightened, turn back on your water supply and open the faucet to check for leaks. No you should be all set to begin gardening season without wasting water from sneaky drips. If you have other plumbing related questions contact us here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating today!

Create a Water-Smart Landscape and Water Saving Tips!

As you get ready to plan your summer gardens, you may want to consider creating a water-smart landscape. Don’t worry – you don’t necessarily have to revamp your entire yard to achieve substantial water savings.

See some of the below ideas to incorporate into your existing landscape:

  • Choose Native Plants: Plants native to the area are already adapted to local soils and climatic conditions, and rarely require more water than normal rainfall.
  • Create Hydrozones: Group plants into specific “hydrozones” according to their watering needs. This helps reduce water and protects the plants from both under watering and overwatering.
  • Assess Your Yard Conditions: Some areas on your yard may vary in soil type or exposure to sun and wind – be mindful of this when planting and select those that will thrive in the conditions.

Now that you have the landscape and design figured out, it’s important to stay mindful of the amount of water you use. Watering gardens should not be wasteful; but rather sustainable and good for the environment.

Some tips for efficient watering include:

  • Watering at night – allow your garden ample time to absorb the water before the sun’s rays soaks it up
  • Drip irrigation – an irrigation method that saves both fertilizer and water by allowing water to slowly drip to the roots of the plants through a network of valves, tubes, and emitters.
  • Try a watering can – using a watering can will help you realize you don’t need as much water as you think. Plus you can target areas more specifically this way.
  • Weed often – you want your plants to thrive, not the weeds that stop growth and get in the way of water supply!

For more information on how to rework your landscape for water efficiency, visit the EPA website. If you have other plumbing related questions contact us here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating today!