Choose to use less
Most of us don’t realize how much water our everyday tasks use. Does a bath or a shower use more water? Is it worth it to install a high-efficiency toilet or shower head? When you use less water, it’s good for your wallet, good for the city of Avon Lake and good for Lake Erie. Take a look at the numbers. You may be able to quickly find ways to help you use less water without even thinking about it.
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Conserving water inside
Replace old toilets
Toilets are the largest indoor water users, which means replacing an old, inefficient toilet with a new model can pay for itself in a few years. Toilets installed in 1994 and earlier use 3.5 to 5 gallons per flush. Toilets sold today use as little as 1.28 gallons per flush.
Replace old showerheads
An old showerhead uses three to eight gallons of water per minute, while a new model uses as little as 1.5 gallons per minute. To replace a showerhead, unscrew the old showerhead (you may have to use wide-grip pliers with protective masking tape around the showerhead base) and screw on the new one. Wrap a bit of Teflon tape around the threads before screwing on the new showerhead.
The upside to replacing your washing machine
An old clothes washer can use 40 to 50 gallons per load. A new front-loading or horizontal axis machine uses as little as 10 gallons per load. Its high-speed spin cycle forces more water out of clothes, which means clothes need less time in the dryer. And because a front-loader machine doesn’t have an agitator, it’s gentler on your clothes.
Install aerators on faucets/showerheads
Aerators mix air with water to reduce the flow of water coming from the faucet. They’re inexpensive, available at most hardware stores and easy to install. For a faucet with an inside thread, unscrew the old faucet attachment and screw on the aerator. For outside threaded faucets, remove the top washer from the aerator to expose the inside threads. Then screw on the aerator.
Making changes in the way we do things is hard. But we think water is worth a little extra effort when it means keeping Lake Erie healthy for generations to come. Customers can call us with any questions or comments during office hours (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) at 440-933-6226 (24/7/365 for water emergencies) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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