Indoor Tips

Besides taking shorter showers and turning the water off when you brush your teeth there are other ways you can save water inside your home.

Leaks from your faucets and other water cause a majority of water waste in a home. For instance, a toilet with a silent leak can waste hundreds of gallons of water per month. You can test for this by adding a small amount of colored dye to the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl after 15 minutes, the flapper or stop valve probably needs to be replaced. Leaks in your kitchen or bathroom faucets should also be repaired as soon as possible. Remember—the cost to repair a leaky faucet is minimal compared to the cost of hundreds or thousands of gallons a month in wasted water.

"...with 2 1/2 million people it becomes millions of gallons."

David Fisher

On average, a family of four flushes a toilet 20 times a day. If you have a water-guzzling model, find out if you can take part in Hillsborough County’s Toilet Rebate Program. The County’s Water Resource Services offers a rebate for replacing an older model. The Toilet Rebate Program is a highly successful water conservation effort, which encourages the replacement of higher volume toilets with new ultra-low-flow types that use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. For more information, call the Toilet Rebate office at (813) 288-0259. Certain restrictions apply.

Surprisingly, another easy way to save water is to use the dishwasher. It seems too good to be true, but running the dishwasher actually uses less water than hand-washing. The key is to avoid overly pre-rinsing the dishes and to only use the dishwasher when you have a full load.

Did you know the average household does seven loads of laundry every week? That’s a lot of dirty clothes—and a lot of water! To reduce water use, run the washer only when you have a full load of laundry and consider purchasing a front-loading machine. They use up to 30 percent less water than conventional washing machines.

For more amazing water-saving ideas, check out H2ouse Water Saver House.

"...learn how to conserve..."

Bart Weiss



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