Carrollton Offers Indoor Water Conservation Money Saving Tips
Carrollton, Texas – The City of Carrollton suggests its residents, among other indoor water conservation tips, sing shorter songs in the shower. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), reducing a 10-minute shower to five minutes could save up to 12.5 gallons of water using a standard showerhead. In addition to minimizing the time spent in the shower, turn off the water when washing your hands or brushing your teeth and save almost two gallons of water a minute. An average family uses 400 gallons of water a week. With a water-efficient showerhead, the average family can save 2,900 gallons of water and up to $70 in energy and water costs a year per the TCEQ. These low-flow showerheads can help residents use 30-70 percent less water.
When doing laundry, adjust the water level on the washing machine to match the size of the load. Laundry accounts for about 14 percent of home water usage. If the water level cannot be set on the machine, wash only full loads. Water-saving washing machines reduce water use by up to 30 percent.
Water-saving dishwashers can cut water use by 25 percent and save more than 1,600 gallons of water over the lifetime of the machine. Rinse dishes in a basin and soak pots and pans before scrubbing instead of running water in the sink to save more water.
The majority of water used inside the home is used for flushing toilets. At 26 percent of indoor water usage, the toilet uses more water than any other appliance. If residents have toilets in their homes that were installed before 1992, consider replacing them with newer higher-efficiency models. If replacing the toilets is not an option, check for leaks and consider installing a water displacement device inside the tank, such as a small plastic jug or bag filled with water. The device displaces water in the tank, causing it to fill faster and use less. Be sure the installation of the device does not interfere with the operating parts of the toilet and that the overflow pipe shuts off appropriately. Do not use a brick as a displacement device, as it will likely begin to break down in the tank and cause plumbing problems.
For more water saving tips, visit cityofcarrollton.com/water.