Thursday, November 15, 2012

Looking to Lower Your Water Costs?

The average American uses about 100 gallons of water per day.  If you are a rental property owner, you may wonder if there is much you can do to help your residents be more efficient with their water usage. Taking a closer look at your toilets can actually help you conserve water which will save you money. 

Toilets that were produced after 1993 are low-flow toilets so if you have an older toilet model in your apartment homes, it may be worth the investment of installing a newer toilets.  All toilets sold now must use 1.6 gallons of water per flush, so depending on the type of toilet currently in use, (3.5, 5, or 7 gallon per flush) you could be saving up to 20 gallons of water per day by replacing.

Fixing toilet leaks can also really add up the savings. A trick for determining whether a toilet has a leak or not is by adding just a few drops of food coloring to the tank. After waiting about 20 minutes, you will see color appear in the bowl if the toilet has a leak. To fix this, simply replace the toilet flapper. These generally run around $10 and, just by doing this you can save up to 400 gallons of water per month.

One other old-school toilet technique is to displace water by putting a plastic bottle or bag in your toilet tank filled with some pebbles or water to give it some weight. This will allow you to use less water when flushing and save up to 10 more gallons a day.

By giving some extra attention to your toilets, you could save up to over 1300 gallons of water each month which is going to benefit both the environment and your wallet.

Other ways to help save on water include replacing high flow shower heads with water efficient ones, installing clean faucet aerators and fixing leaky faucets.  In most cases, residents won’t see any difference in performance but you will surely see a difference in water costs. 

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