News | March 13, 2013

National Water Conservation Day Is March 22nd

Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling’s Easy Tips to Conserve Water in the Home

With National Water Conservation Day around the corner (Friday, March 22) Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling wants to remind homeowners to be mindful of their water usage. Americans are the largest water users, per capita, in the world. At the household level, the greatest amount of water used inside the home occurs in the bathroom. The remainder of indoor water use is divided between clothes washing and kitchen use, including dish washing, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling has 10 easy tips to help you save on your water bill while saving the planet!

"Decreasing our water footprint happens one homeowner at a time," says Fred Hutchinson, Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling President. “Statistics show that less than 1% of the world’s water sources are safe for human consumption and that number is dwindling. This day is a friendly reminder to practice the vital effort of conserving our water supply. Below are 10 easy tips that should be put into practice all 365 days of the year!”

10 Tips for Conserving Water in the Home:

  1. Check Faucets and Pipes for Leaks. Even a tiny drip can waste 20 gallons a day. Get in touch with a local plumbing expert to get these fixed immediately.
  2. Don’t Use the Toilet as a Waste Basket. Each tissue you flush is 5-7 gallons of water.
  3. Check Toilets for Leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring in your tank, if the color begins to appear in the bowl before flushing, you have a leak. Call your plumber!
  4. Install Low Flow Faucets and Showerheads. These are inexpensive, relatively easy to install yourself (although a plumber can also easily do this) and use 2.5 less gallons of water per minute!
  5. Insulate Your Water Pipes. Easy to install insulation allows you to get hot water quickly and stop wasting water while you wait for it to warm up.
  6. Cut Down Your Shower Time. Be mindful of your time spent in there. Even turn the water off while you are soaping up or shaving. A four-minute shower uses 20-40 gallons of water.
  7. Turn off that Faucet! While brushing your teeth, washing your hands, shaving or cleaning dishes – there is no need to let the water run down the drain with no purpose! Turn off the water while brushing or soaping up hands and dishes. If you need to rinse your razor while shaving do so in a stopped sink with a few inches of water. Each of these small efforts saves huge amounts of water.
  8. Make Sure you have a Full Load. Be certain to only use a washing machine or dishwasher when each is full to capacity. Also consider replacing your appliances with Energy Star products that can use 35-50% less water and 50% less energy.
  9. Ease Up on the Garbage Disposal. These use a lot of water to operate and can cause damage to your septic system. Consider starting a compost pile as an alternative to disposing of food waste.
  10. Keep Cold Drinking Water in the Fridge. Rather than standing at the faucet waiting for the water to get cold always keep water in the fridge for drinking. Skip the plastic bottles and consider a filtering container so that you always have clean, ice-cold water at your fingertips.

“These are easy steps anyone can take to conserve our world’s water supply,” says Fred Hutchinson.

For the THIRD year in a row, Hutchinson is ranked as ONE of the top THREE companies for Home-Energy Efficiency. Hutchinson is certified by the Department of Energy as an ENERGY STAR Home Performance Contractor and is trained by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) on how to best improve energy efficiency in residential homes. Additionally, Better Business Bureau determined Hutchinson meets accreditation standards with an A+ rating. This accreditation includes a commitment to make good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints.

About Hutchinson
Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling is a family-run business dedicated to providing total home solutions to their South Jersey and Delaware Valley neighbors. Based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey they have been in business for over 60 years. Hutchinson is a full-service company offering heating, cooling, and plumbing products and services. Hutchinson is accredited by the Department of Energy, ranked first in the nation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for exceptional performance and won the EPA Century Award. Additionally, Hutchinson gained an A+ accreditation rating from BBB. For more information, visit TrustHutch.com.

SOURCE: Hutchinson