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Keep your Water Costs Down this Summer

As summer is in full swing, there is no doubt water usage is climbing. Between watering the lawn, taking additional showers and splashing in the pool, the summer months are by far the highest in water use across the country.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your water bill at a manageable level, as well, as conserve valuable water resources. Read below to get your home or business ready for the summer heat.

  1. Reduce energy use by turning down the temperature on your water heater. Summer is a good time to turn it down to no warmer than 120 degrees.
  1. Clean or replace an old shower head. New energy efficient shower heads can save up to 7.5 gallons of water per minute without affecting water pressure. Mineral deposits in existing shower heads can be removed with vinegar and can greatly improve efficiency.
  1. Check and replace washing machine hoses. Hoses with ruptures or bulges can cause small leaks that may be unnoticeable. However, those small leaks can mean big costs when it comes to your water bill.
  1. Clean out drains, gutters and downspouts. After the winter months, there are bound to be leaves, pine needles and other debris caught in your exterior drains. This debris can cause drainage issues and create flooding if not cleared out properly.
  1. Ensure outdoor faucets are flowing freely and without leaks.
  1. Conserve water by watering your lawn before dawn or after dusk to decrease evaporation.
  1. Beware of standing water. When turning on irrigation after the winter months beware of standing water. Standing water can be a sign of a leaky or broken underground pipe which can cost a lot in wasted water, not to mention other possible damage.
  1. Consider installing rain barrels to collect water for hydrating gardens and plants

If you are noticing your water bill is higher than you anticipated, you could have a hidden leak somewhere.

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