Tuesday, September 5, 2017
- by Mike Croxall, president, Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga
Want to reduce your water bills and be a little nicer to the environment? Take the advice of the experts at the Environmental Protection Agencys WaterSense program and start with a good hard look at your bathroom.
Bathrooms account for 50% of all indoor water use, so making a few simple fixes can pay you back in spades: Using less water saves you money, and it means less water going down the drain and to the local treatment plant, saving the energy it takes to clean and filter that water before it returns to your faucet.
Turn off the Tap
You dont need to keep the water running while you brush your teeth. Think about how many gallons youll save each week by only turning on the faucet when its time to rinse. (Hint: WaterSense says the average is 8-10 gallons per week per person.) And no need to wait for the water to get hot before you plug the tub at bath time youll probably need to turn the heat down before its full, anyway. But dont forget: Taking a shower uses about a third of the water ...