Watch out for these water wasters


7166311_SMany families don’t realize that leaky faucets and toilets and other water-gobbling problems can cost them a lot of money each year. The good news? Many common water wasters can be fixed quickly and cheaply. Here’s what to look out for:

Little leaks. A dripping faucet can send gallons of water down the drain every day. This is the first place to start when checking for waste.

Inefficient shower heads. Putting in new, water-saving shower heads can have a big impact on your bill. Look for shower heads that average 2.5 gallons or less per minute.

Problem toilets. Older toilets can use a lot more water than newer models, especially if an older one has a leak. Take a few minutes to inspect each toilet; you can typically hear and see evidence of leaks.

Another good way to save? Talk to your water company. Many municipalities have water-saving programs and incentives that can save you money. In some cases, they may be able to determine if you need a water pressure regulator, which could help cut down on your water use.

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