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5 Ways to Save Water

Water is the world's most precious natural resource and all of us can do a little more each day in the way of conservation.  We at <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> support water conservation and would like to offer these tips for your consideration.  We promise you won't have to change your routine (much), spend tons of money or be overly inconvenienced by your new-found desire to save! <strong>1. Turn Off the Tap</strong> Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water - and that's just the beginning.  You can also save water by filling up the sink and letting the dishwater do the work for you rather than letting the faucet run. Rinse dishes all at once, preferably with a spray nozzle, to maximize water use. Otherwise, it is often the case that using a dishwasher (that's filled to capacity) will save more water over the long run. Installing <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/low-flow-faucets.html" target="_blank">low-flow faucets</a> or simply replacing faucet heads can also make a big difference. <strong>2. Speed Up Your Shower / Take Fewer Baths</strong> The average shower uses 30 gallons of water and it takes about 70 gallon to fill a tub. Opt for the shower as often as comfort allows and try to keep the shower time to a minimum. You can also install a <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/low-flow-shower-head.html" target="_blank">low-flow shower head</a> which, by the way, <em>does not</em> equate to low pressure. Of course, there will be those days when you'll want to use your shower as your personal back massager.  It's true that no one will know you did it ... except <em>you</em>. <strong>3. Fix Leaks</strong> A leaky toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water every day.  That's like flushing your toilet more than 50 times a day for no reason. Check for leaks by  placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank.  If the color shows up in the bowl without flushing that means you have a leak. Many leaks can be fixed DIY style, but if you do have to replace the toilet consider buying a <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/low-flow-toilet.html" target="_blank">low-flush or dual-flush toilet</a>. <strong>4. Water Lawns Wisely</strong> The best time to water your yard is in the early morning or late evening when it cools down to prevent water loss from evaporation.  If you're using an <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/irrigation_2023.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">irrigation system</a> of any kind consider putting it on a timer, and check frequently for leaks, busted sprinkler heads, gaskets and other problems that can occur from mower damage or excitable puppies. <strong>5. Hang Up the Hose</strong> Washing your car with a bucket and sponge instead of a <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/garden-hoses.html" target="_blank">garden hose</a> saves a lot of water.  In fact, many car washes today use less water than the average hose job. A running hose can waste 6 gallons per minute, and that's not including the amount you use to blast the neighbor kid (which is almost always worth the cost). &nbsp; Thank you for doing what you can to help save the planet and our most vital resource. All tips courtesy of <a href="http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense" target="_blank">WaterSense</a>.
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