Tips on saving water in style

Any time of year can be the right time to look for ways to conserve water. The good news is that water-saving strategies can benefit both the environment and your wallet. To help, here are some tips.

• A good place to start is turning off the water while you are brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your hands, doing dishes, or any other tasks where you usually let the water run.

• Use a bucket to catch the cold water that comes out of the faucet or shower while you are waiting for the hot water to heat up. You can put the water you captured to use watering your plants or pouring it into your toilet reservoir.

• Installing low-f low shower heads and faucets can be a low-tech, low-maintenance way to save water.

• Check your plumbing for leaks, especially leaking toilets and faucets. Fix anything you find leaking. A silent toilet leak could waste from 30 to 500 gallons every day.

• Install faucets designed to save water. Save 20 percent more water over standard-flow faucets because of their slower flow rate.

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