10 Things You Can Do To Conserve Water in Framingham

With much of the country suffering from drought or drought-like conditions this summer, it has become increasingly important to recognize the need to conserve water. To help you do just that, we have come up with 10 easy ways you can reduce your Framingham area home’s water consumption.

Check your plumbing for leaks. Even a small leak can add up to hundreds of gallons of water wasted each day.

Don’t flush trash down the toilet. Depending on the type of toilet you have, you are wasting 3-7 gallons of water every time you flush a garbage down the toilet.

Shorten your shower. Many showers use as much as 10 gallons of water per minute. If you cut your shower by a minute a day, the water savings can really add up.

Do not leave your faucet running. Shut off the water while you are brushing your teeth or shaving.

Do only full loads in your dishwasher and clothes washer. Using an automatic dishwasher and washing machine is much more convenient and efficient than washing by hand. But to save water, make sure they are full before running them.

Do not pre-rinse dishes. Most dishwashers are built to remove tough stuck-on food remnants from dishes. Pre-rinsing only wastes water. If your dishes are extremely dirty, try scraping them off and into the garbage, instead.

Repair your toilet leak. Does your toilet seem to randomly make a noise like it is filling up again without being flushed? Then it is leaking and wasting water.

Install water-saving appliances. Get a low-flow showerhead, aerators for your faucets and high-efficiency appliances to conserve the most water.

Break out the broom. Rather than hosing down your driveway or patio, use a broom to sweep it.

Water your lawn intelligently. Make sure your sprinklers are positioned to minimize overspray and do not overwater it. You can also reduce evaporation by watering your lawn in the early morning hours or late evening.

Water is on the most important resources we have. You can do your part to use it wisely with these ten water conservation tips. Nicholson provides plumbing, heating and air conditioning services to Metro West, Massachusetts and the surrounding areas, including Framingham, Natick, Sudbury, Hopkinton, Wellesley, Marlborough, Ashland and more. Contact us online for more information.

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