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Did you know that a small drip in an old faucet can result waste over 7,000 gallons of water each year? Now imagine how much water is wasted from large leaks and inefficient habits. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you reduce your household water consumption:

  • Don’t use your toilet as a wastebin – save tissues, cigarette butts, and other pieces of garbage for the garbage.

  • Install low-flow shower heads and sink faucets around the home. These can help cut water consumption in half or more!

  • Try to limit the amount of time you spend in the shower. A long, hot shower is nice, but every extra minute wastes 5-10 gallons of water.

  • Insulate your water pipes. This quick, simple process will save you money by reducing the time it takes your water to heat up.

  • Don’t use your dishwasher or washing machine unless there is a full-sized load that needs to be cleaned.

  • Don’t pre-rinse your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Most modern units are capable of blasting away even the toughest stains and grime.

  • Water your lawn during the early part of the day, and avoid watering when it is windy outside.

  • Use a push broom to clean your sidewalk and driveway, as opposed to a garden hose.

  • If you have a dripping faucet or leaking pipe, have it fixed immediately by a professional plumber.

For more ways to conserve water, check out this article from Water: Use It Wisely.

If you live in Pueblo or the surrounding area, Patterson Plumbing is just a phone call away. We have provided fast, professional heating and plumbing services to Colorado homeowners for the past 30 years. Call us to schedule an appointment at (719) 544-4922. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

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