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Home Water Conservation Audit

Jul 23, 2014

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Are you conserving water as well you should? Unless there’s a drought in your area, you may not think water conservation is all that important. On the contrary, not only is conserving water good for the environment – regardless of your area’s recent rainfall – you can also save money every month by changing a few habits regarding your water use. Conduct a simple water conservation audit in your own home to see specific areas you could be saving more.

Check out wateruseitwisely.com for the original Home Water Conservation Audit and more resources about saving water and the environment at home.

Answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions. “Yes” means you’re doing it right. “No” means you have some room for improvement.

  • My showers last no longer than five minutes. Just cutting a minute or two off the end of your shower could save about 150 gallons per month.
  • I fill the bathtub less than halfway up when I bathe. Maybe you’re not a shower person. If you prefer to soak, prevent wasting water with each bath by not filling the tub as high.
  • The showers and sinks in my home have low-flow shower heads and faucets. Upgrading to a WaterSense-labeled shower head could save up to 750 gallons per month. Low-flow faucets save on water use as well, especially if you remember to turn off the water when you’re not using it.
  • My toilets are efficient and leak-free. Check for leaks once a year by putting food coloring in the tank. If it appears in the bowl, you have a leak.
  • I never use the toilet as a trash can. You waste water if you flush tissues, cotton balls and other pieces of trash down the toilet. Plus, this action can lead to clogs since the toilet is only designed to get rid of human waste and reasonable amounts of toilet paper.
  • I turn off the water when I brush my teeth. There’s no reason to keep the water running. Turn it off while you brush, and then back on when you’re ready to rinse.
  • I stop up water in the kitchen sink when rinsing dishes. An open tap is a wasteful way to rinse dishes. Soak a whole batch of dishes in a stopped-up sink to use a fraction of the water. If you have a newer dishwasher, you may be able to avoid pre-rinsing all together since these models clean more thoroughly than older units.
  • I only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they’re full. It may be tempting to run a quick batch when these appliances aren’t completely full, but avoid this habit if you want to make water conservation a top priority. If you need to wash a smaller batch of laundry, match the water level to the batch size.
  • I thaw food in the refrigerator. The alternative for good food safety is to thaw food under cold running water. Defrosting in the fridge is a more efficient option.
  • When the sidewalk or driveway gets dirty, I use a broom to clean it. Grass clippings, soil and other debris can easily be cleared off the pavement with a broom, no water hose required.

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, write them down to help you remember. The next time you find yourself faced with a choice to waste or conserve water, choose the money-saving option to conserve! For more water conservation tips, contact Mr. Rooter®. We’re here to help.

10 Signs You Should Invest in Water Conservation

Jul 18, 2014

Do you unknowingly waste water with your daily habits? If so, you’re losing money. What’s more, you’re creating more work for your local water treatment plant.  Any hot water you waste is also a waste of the energy used to heat that water. If you’re looking to save money on your bills at home, water

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Water Conservation in the Kitchen and Bathroom

Jul 17, 2014

In these hot summer months, everyone needs to find ways to stay cool while saving money on water. While you may have your own ways to stay cool under the hot sun, Mr. Rooter® Plumbing has the solutions for you to save money with water conservation when you most need it. We’ll be sharing a handful

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Toilet Paper: Over or Under?

Jul 11, 2014

Infographic courtesy of dailyinfographic.com This question has nothing to do with betting on odds or how you cross your arms. For Mr. Rooter® Plumbing, this has to do with toilet paper in the bathroom! Many people wonder if toilet paper orientation is actually important in the home. According to a CNet study, there are advantages

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Women in Franchising

Jul 8, 2014

In Franchise Update, published by Franchising Magazine, Mary Thompson, president of Mr. Rooter® Plumbing, and Dina Dwyer-Owens, chairwoman of The Dwyer Group®, were featured as two of franchising’s top 24 female leaders. The edition, found online today, features in-depth interviews with each of the notable, female leaders, giving readers an opportunity to discover the background

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How Mr. Rooter Is like George Washington

Jul 4, 2014

When George Washington was 16 years old, the young future president finished copying out the 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. Some of these rules, based on French Jesuit beliefs from the late 1500s, may sound a little fussy if not downright silly today. It’s easy to dismiss all 110 rules

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How to Tell If It’s Time for a New Toilet

Jul 2, 2014

Does your toilet look and function similar to an outhouse from the days of yore? Maybe it’s a lovely avocado green? Or perhaps its maintenance issues help you get to know visitors a little bit more intimately than either of you would prefer. Whatever terrible things your toilet is tossing your way, it may be

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Rooter Readers: Bathroom Books Week #5

Jul 1, 2014

Have you ever faced a decision and just plunged right in without giving it much thought? This can be risky but rewarding in day-to-day situations. You might also have to take a different kind of plunge in the bathroom every now and again. Fortunately, Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader has a whimsical line of “plunges into”

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Rooter Readers: Bathroom Books Week #4

Jun 27, 2014

Three out of four people prefer their toilet paper to come off the holder over instead of under. Toilets are flushed around America more during the Super Bowl halftime show than at any other time of year. He didn’t invent the toilet, but Thomas Crapper perfected the siphon flush modern toilets use today. In our first

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Wedding Etiquette Tips From Mr. Rooter

Jun 25, 2014

Photo courtesy of stylemepretty.com Spring is in the air, and June is commonly known as being the apex of wedding season. Although most people do not think of a plumber when referencing wedding etiquette, Mr. Rooter® is most well known for his dedication to courtesy and chivalry. Below are six tips to ensure you are approaching

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