October is “Shower Better” Month
According to the EPA, showering accounts for nearly 17 percent of indoor water use. You can “shower better” by replacing your old showerhead with new water-efficient, WaterSense-labeled model. WaterSense-labeled shower heads are available in several styles and price points. By replacing just one showerhead with a WaterSense-labeled model, EPA estimates the average family can save 2,900 gallons of water every year. Therefore, if every U.S. household replaced existing shower heads with WaterSense-labeled models, we could save more that 260 billion gallons annually!
You can also save water by limiting your shower time to five minutes or less. Tune into the Water Lover’s Station on Pandora for a playlist of over 100 songs, each under five minutes: http://pdora.co/2alz3my. Once your favorite song is over, so is your shower!
You should also check your water bill to see if it says “Congratulations for being efficient in your water use”. If it does, great job! If you see a different message, you’ve exceeded your water budget. Save water and save money by getting back into the “efficient” category. The following tips can help too.
*Check your bill to be sure the number of residents listed for your home is correct. This will affect your indoor water budget and what you pay for sewer service.
*Make sure the “landscaped area” number shown on the bill is accurate. This will affect your outdoor water budget. The landscaped area should include the square footage of a swimming pool but not hardscape and other non-irrigated areas.
*Check for leaks, especially around irrigation valves. Learn how to check for leaks using your water meter.
*Look at the settings on your irrigation controller. Many controllers have default runtime settings which may be more than what you need.
*Watch how your irrigation system performs during a cycle. Make sure there are no broken or poorly aimed sprinkler heads. There shouldn’t be any runoff from your property.