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Every Drop Counts!
Water, water everywhere! But not a drop to waste! Here are some
water-conserving tips to share with potential homeowners:

In the bathroom

Toilets are the biggest water wasters in the entire household. A single flush uses up to seven gallons of water! You can save about a gallon per flush by inserting a clean jar or water-filled plastic bottle in the tank. (Do not use bricks, which may disintegrate and harm fixtures.) 
Install water-saving
faucets and showerheads to save about 1,000 gallons of water a month. 
Depending on the size
of your household, limiting showers to 10 minutes per person can save up to 700 gallons a month.
Save three gallons a day by not running
water while brushing your teeth. 
Instead of rinsing a razor under running water, swish it in a partially filled sink. 
Make sure faucets are turned off tightly
after each use. A steady 100-drops-a-minute drip can add up to 350 gallons a month!

In the laundry

Washing machines use up to 50 gallons of water per load.
For optimal water usage, adjust the water
level to the size of the load. If the washer isnt adjustable, make sure its full before you use it. Washing and rinsing in cold water will save energy.

In the kitchen

Instead of turning on the tap whenever you want a glass of water, keep a bottle chilling in the refrigerator. This could save up to 300 gallons a month. Rinse fruits and vegetables in a basin instead of under running water. Defrost foods in a microwave or in the refrigerator overnight instead of under running water. This can save 150 gallons more a month.

Run the dishwasher only when its full. Scrape dishes before loading, but do not rinse them. You can save up to 500 gallons a month this way. 

Outside the house

Water the lawn only when necessary. 
Doing it early in the morning or late in the evening when less water is lost to evaporation will save up to 300 gallons a month.
Wash your car with a bucket of water
and a quick rinse.
Dont let the hose run
while youre working: This could save 150 gallons of water per month. If you park your car on the lawn when you wash it, the rinse water will run off into the grass.


Note: This newsletter is for informational purposes only. When getting involved with a project, please work within your ability. If you need help with a contractor or with any other home-related issue, please contact Alban Home Inspection Service with any questions. Thank You.

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