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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Save money by saving water

  • With the holidays coming and people looking to save some money for the season, sensibly cutting back on water consumption can help you save money on the utility bill.
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  • With the holidays coming and people looking to save some money for the season, sensibly cutting back on water consumption can help you save money on the utility bill.
    Below are nine ways to save water in the bathroom:
    1. Check your toilets for leaks. Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.
    2. Stop using the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Every time you flush a cigarette, facial tissue, or other small bits of trash, you waste five to seven gallons of water.
    3. Put plastic bottles in your toilet tank. To cut down on water waste, put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles to weigh them down. Fill them with water and put them in your toilet tank, safely away from operating mechanisms. In an average home, the bottles may displace and save ten or more gallons of water a day.
    4. Take shorter showers. Long, hot showers can waste five to ten gallons every unneeded minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down, and rinse off. Another great way to save money in the shower is to turn off the shower water while you are soaping up your hair. This can save a gallon or more every time you shower.
    5. Install water saving shower heads or flow restrictors. Your local hardware or plumbing supply store stocks inexpensive water-saving shower heads or restrictors that are easy to install.
    6. Take baths. A bath in a partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest showers.
    7. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. There is no need to keep water pouring down the drain. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
    8. Rinse your razor in the sink. Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your blade just as well as running water. And far less wastefully.
    9. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Even the smallest drip from a worn washer can waste 20 gallons a day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds.
    Here are another six ways to save water in the kitchen and laundry room:
    1. Use your automatic dishwasher only for full loads.
    2. Use your automatic washing machine only for full loads.
    3. If you wash dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing. If you have two sinks, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have only one sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a pan full of hot water.
    Page 2 of 2 - 4. Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Just rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan full of clean water.
    5. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful.
    6. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week and often can be repaired with only an inexpensive washer.

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