If you live in the Denver Metro area, there are many ways to take advantage of the current rebate programs that help you become more water wise throughout your home. Denver Water offers several different rebates to help both inside and outside, but what if you don’t live in Denver? Not a problem; many of our local community water boards are committed to water conservation.

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Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority

The ACWWA is currently offering a $100 rebate on the purchase of a qualified high efficiency clothes washer, and up to $50 on the purchase of qualified rain sensors. They will also provide you with free leak detection dye tablets to determine if your toilet is leaking.

Castle Pines

Castle Pines is currently offering complimentary water audits, and a rebate program that focuses in on making irrigation more efficient.

Centennial

Centennial offered rebates on both a qualified toilet purchase, and on rain sensors for your sprinkler system in 2014. They are currently evaluating their 2015 program, and will announce more in March, or check in with their point of contact for more information.

East Cherry Creek Valley

The East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District offers a rebate program on both high efficiency toilets and clothes washers. Customers can qualify for up to $100 credit toilet that consumes 1.28 gallons of water per flush or less, and up to $125 credit for a new Tier 2 or 3 clothes washing machine.

Castle Rock

Castle Rock experienced overwhelming response to its 2014 rebate program, and will be announcing its 2015 plan in March 2015. In years past, they offered incentives to replace water thirsty landscaping with more efficient xeriscape plants, as well as smart irrigation controllers and rain sensors.

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Want to know what continues to be a resolution year after year in households across Colorado? Water conservation.

Even when we have a good year across the Front Range, as we did this past year, its hard not to be a little concerned when you see photographs coming out of drought strickened areas like California. Yes, there is a finite amount of water here on earth. And just because we’ve had a great year one year, doesn’t mean the same will hold true year after year. We’ve had our share of drought; we can make simple changes that will have an impact.

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Some of the changes are so simple, you can do them in no time at all. And the best part is in some cases, you can actually receive money back for doing them as well.

In 2015, Denver Water is once again offering water rebates on a variety of things you use in your home every day.

Toilets

If you haven’t upgraded your toilet to a WaterSense labeled toilet, now is the time. Start by looking for a toilet specifically marked with the WaterSense label. A 1.0 gallon per flush or less toilet qualifies for up to a $150 rebate; a 1.28 gallon per flush or less can qualify for up to a $75 rebate. You can find eligible models listed here, or your plumber can make sure you’ve installed the correct toilet and have everything in place to collect your rebate.

Sprinkler System

If you haven’t upgraded your sprinkler system in a while, it may benefit you to do so now. You can upgrade, make your system more efficient, and save money in the process. Denver Water provides up to $2 rebate per sprinkler head, and up to $100 rebate for a WaterSense labeled controller to be installed in your home. There are a variety of eligible models; check the Denver Water site for more information.

Commercial

Water rebates are not just for residential properties; commercial properties can enjoy the benefits as well. If you are a customer of Denver Water, you may qualify for one of the many rebates they currently offer for 2015. Water rebates can be found on many different commercial items, including WaterSense labeled toilets and urinals, coin operated laundry equipment, as well as WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers and more. Be sure to check Denver Water’s list to see a full line of what is included this year in the rebate program.

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Happy New Year!

The new year is a time for reflection on how well the past year went, and what your goals are for the next year. Even if you aren’t the type that creates a list of personal and professional resolutions, you may still reflect on a few of the highlights as the chimes announce the magical hour of midnight.

Resolution simply means to make a firm decision either to do or not to do something. Its always a good idea to set intentions to spend more time with friends and loved ones, to change career goals so you enjoy your 9 to 5 life a little bit more, or to take better care of your health. And taking care of your health can be accomplished in many ways. Its not always about what you eat or how much you exercise; sometimes it’s the environment you live in as well.5 new year plumbing resolutions your home will thank you for 5 New Year Plumbing Resolutions Your Home Will Thank You For

This year, start the New Year off right with these simple plumbing resolutions that will be easy to keep … and make a difference almost immediately in your life.

Resolution #1: A Better Bathroom

Whether you’ve been thinking about remodeling a room in your home or not, it may be time to head to the master bath and take a look around. What if it became a sanctuary for helping you releave stress? How about adding a steam bath? Or a new shower system with multiple streams? Or that soaker tub you’ve always wanted? There are many ways to bring the joy of the spa right into your own personal space.

Resolution #2: A Safer Home

Drips can indicate problems. Leaks can quickly escalate into complications. If you’ve been putting off a call to the plumber for a leaky toilet or a drip in the shower that just won’t go away, put it off no longer. Water can quickly cause damage in more ways than one, including mold and mildew.

Resolution #3: A More Efficient Home

There are many ways to make your home more efficient. Low flow toilets can reduce the amount of water used with every flush (did you know you might be eligible for a rebate as well)? Energy saving faucets can give a fresh new look while saving water at the same time. And the most energy using appliance in your home is your water heater; investing in a new one can not only reduce the water you use each day, it can also subtract the amount you spend on your water and electric bills each month too.

Resolution #4: An Upgrade

Do you still throw another log on the fire in order to use the fireplace in your family room? Do you still buy charcoal at the store to grill your steaks? Installing gas to any of your favorite appliances will give you instant access to the things you love the most. Nothing is better than an instant fire at the flick of a switch on a cold winters night; or being able to grill your favorite meal from a built in grill. And if you install a new outdoor kitchen to add even more room to your living area, your new year will be that much more enjoyable as the we move into spring.

Resolution #5: A Greener Way Of Life

One of the top resolutions that makes its way onto lists all across Colorado is to live a greener lifestyle: reducing carbon footprints, quit wasting water, saving wherever possible. The easiest place to start is in your own home, with the amount of water you use every day. Simple things like turning off the water when brushing your teeth can save thousands of gallons of water per year. And of course the greener you become with the way you conserve on your water usage, the “greener” your wallet will become in the process with all the money you save.

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Is this the season you make your home a little more energy efficient? If so, where should you put your focus? What’s the one area of your home that has the highest level of energy consumed? If you said you water heater, you are correct.

Your water heater accounts for 15 to 25 percent of the overall energy your home consumes. Which means its also the one appliance that can add up to real savings when you’re ready to make a change.how to save money with your water heater How To Save Money With Your Water Heater

It starts with your water heater … when was the last time you had it replaced? Water heaters today are much more energy efficient than even just a few short years ago. Yet beyond replacing it, there are other things you can do as well.

Lower the thermostat

Water heaters often come out of the factory with a high setting. For normal day to day use, setting it at 120°F will provide enough hot water for use, without heating it higher than the average person will ever use from the tap. Which means anything above 120°F is simply a waste of energy. Lowering your water heater by 10°F can add up to a savings of 3 to 5 percent over time.

Use cold water instead of hot to wash clothes

Instead of washing small loads of clothes, fill it up before starting the machine. And if you wash with cold instead of warm or hot, you can save energy too.

Repair leaks immediately

One of the biggest water wasters is a leak. Even if the drip is barely noticeable, it can quickly add up to a huge energy waster over time. If you see water when a faucet is turned off, or you hear a trickle of water, investigate and fix as soon as possible. It can also save you from more costly repairs down the road.

Insulate

Insulating your hot water pipes and your water heater tank will reduce heat loss and can help keep water temperatures up to 4 degrees higher than without. This also allows you to set your water heater at a lower temperature setting. Be sure to insulate pipes that are impacted by colder temperatures (outside wall plumbing), and cover pipes six feet from the connection to the water heater. Insulate the water heater tank as well, being careful not to cover the heater’s top, bottom , thermostat or burner compartment. When in doubt, call in one or our plumbing technicians for advice.

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The most popular water appliance in your home is the toilet, using on average up to 30 percent of the home’s total water usage every day. When it comes to water conservation and each of us doing our part, the most obvious place to start is with the toilet.

A single leak in a toilet can waste thousands of gallons of water every year. Not only is that costing you money, its wasting a precious resource as well. If conserving water starts with your toilet, where do you begin?

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Fix Leaks

The most obvious place to start is to fix leaks as they happen. However, toilets don’t always make noise when they leak. Drips and leaks are most often fixed by tightening fittings where two pipes meet, and where pipes join the tank. Be careful not to over-tighten, which may damage threads and the tank itself.

Flapper

The flapper is a valve that sits on top of the port that leads from the tank to the bowl. When the toilet is flushed, the valve opens and allows a certain amount of water into the bowl. Over time, the flapper wears out and begins to harden, making the seal not as pliable as it once was. The looser the fit, the more leaks and problems may occur. To test and see if you have a leak, insert a few drops of dye into the tank and wait to see if it appears in the bowl. If it does, your flapper is the cause of the leak. Simply replace the flapper to restore the water process back to normal.

Avoid The Toilet Dam

A common myth for water conservation is to fill the tank with bricks so water levels will be kept to a minimum. While it sounds good in theory, it can cause more harm than good. By filling your tank with bricks, it will allow chemicals and sediment to enter your toilet, and risk harming the internal parts of the toilet tank. It also poses the risk of cracking the tank during placement.

Upgrade

Instead, the best way to conserve water is to upgrade your toilet to a newer model. Older toilets use anywhere from 5 to 7 gallons of water with each flush. With newer models, you can reduce water levels down to 1.3 gallons per flush or even less with dual flush toilets. And in some cases, you may even qualify for a water rebate, depending on your county and your water system.

If you have any further questions about water conservation, we’d be happy to answer them, and provide you with the easiest way to save water within your home.

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Did the latest cold snap leave you yearning for winter? Ready to pull out your skis and hit the slopes? While winter is one of the best seasons in Colorado, with so much to do and offer right in our own back yard, it can still catch you off guard if your home isn’t prepared.

The last thing we’re ever ready for is waking up, turning on the shower, and only having a cold stream facing us as we get ready for our day ahead.

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In order for your water heater to work properly year after year throughout its useful life, its important for you to maintain it along the way. There are three things that should be done in order to ensure your water heater keeps working as efficiently as possible throughout the year.

Insulate it

Where is your water heater? What condition does it live in month after month, year after year?

Poor insulation around your water heater not only robs you of money during the winter, it also robs your water heater from working as efficiently as possible. And therefore shortening its useful life. Insulating your water heater means that the heating elements do not have to work harder than normal or be used on a constant basis trying to keep your water warm. This can translate into lower operating costs year round. It can also translate to the parts in your water heater – your heating elements – lasting longer because they aren’t used on a continual basis.

Tune it up

Everything in life with moveable parts needs an occasional tune up to make sure it stays in good working condition. Your water heater is no exception. A tune up makes sure your water heater is ready for the upcoming season; to prepare it to give you the hot water you demand in any condition.

Many people use hot water more frequently in winter as a way of warming up from the bitter cold outside. Nothing feels as good as a steaming hot shower to help bring you back to warmth after playing outside in the cold. This is where your tune up can help. It may be something as simple as cleaning the unit, or it may mean replacing a part or two. In any case, a professional plumber can quickly assess the working condition of your water heater and make the necessary changes to ensure your water heater is in the best working condition possible for the months ahead.

Temperature

Depending on where your water heater is stored, the air temperature around your water heater can be 10, even 20 degrees cooler than the rest of the house. This may lead to colder water being delivered to the fixtures throughout your home. A simple way of increasing its efficiency is by moving the thermostat temperature up in the winter to ensure you have an adequate supply of hot water.

Have other questions about your water heater, water efficiency, or ensuring you have hot water throughout your home? Schedule a water heater tune up visit today.

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Happy Birthday to you.

Have you ever learned the birthday song as a way to get your hands clean? That’s one of the tricks that is now being taught to children all over, giving them the skills they need to have clean hands and wash away harmful bacteria. Lather up and scrub your hands while you sing happy birthday, and you will have done your part to prevent the spread of germs.

That keeps you scrubbing, but what temperature water should you be scrubbing in?

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Common sense says hot water. But as humans, we can’t take water at a hot enough temperature to truly do any good. You see, major medical equipment is cleaned at a boiling temperature in order for sterilization. But if you washed your hands in water hot enough for sterilization, well, you probably wouldn’t be able to feel your hands. They would be red and blistered and would make you take an emergency trip to the ER.

So the next best thing to hot water is warm water, right? Think again.

Warm water actually makes you more vulnerable to germs and bacteria. It softens your hands and allows the germs to settle in rather than wash away.

Cold water is the solution. Cold water allows you both to save energy from not having to heat the water, and it allows the soap and the scrubbing to do their jobs more effectively.

With every handwashing you do, by letting the water run for seconds, even minutes to heat up, you are sending valuable resources down the drain. And it makes you more vulnerable to germs and bacteria. Small actions make big differences. So why not change your handwashing routine today.

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Every appliance in your home is an investment in keeping your home running smooth and maintenance free. It makes life easier! And if you take care of each major appliance, they can last even longer than usual.

Not only is your washer an essential household appliance, its also one of the major contributors to water usage in your home. Investing in an energy efficient washing machine can help you save money from the beginning. There are also a few ways to make sure you keep you investment in good working order with these tips.

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Those big, clunky zippers on sweaters, jackets and pants can be dangerous in your washing machine. They can snag delicate clothes, and quickly get caught in the drum of your washer, or even crack glass on front loading machines. Coins can act in a similar manner. To avoid problems, make sure you check all pockets before washing, and zip up zippers to their full position before adding a load of laundry to your machine.

Cold Water

One of the best ways to save energy is to wash with cold water. And by doing so, you also reduce shrinkage and fading in your natural fiber clothing. Yet cold water doesn’t keep your machine operating in top condition. A washing machine needs an occasional hot water cycle to remove mineral deposits and kill bacteria that may be sitting around. If you don’t wash with hot water on occasion, at least once a month run a hot water cycle with a cup of vinegar to give it a solid cleaning.

Too Much Detergent

Soap is good; too much soap isn’t. If you wash with too much detergent, a filmy residue will be left in your clothes, and it may cause damage to the control panel in your washing machine. Different types of detergents require different amounts of soap. Make sure you measure carefully and only use the recommended amount of detergent.

Too Much Laundry

While washing with small loads of laundry will waste energy and water, the opposite isn’t a good thing either. Washing with full loads is a good thing; over-stuffing can do more damage than good. It can put excessive wear on the suspension and the bearings, and actually prevent your clothes from being cleaned. Also remember that a full load of jeans is different from a full load of blouses. Check with manufacturers guidelines to load accurately.

Electricity Can Damage

Any appliance run by electricity can be damaged by a lightening strike or a severe power surge. Make sure your washing machine is grounded and is protected by installing a surge protector.

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Its August! Time for the last hurrah of summer, a time when kids head back to school … and celebration time as its National Water Quality Month.

In 2005, the United Nations declared 2005 to 2015 to be an International Decade for Action celebrating Water For Life. During this decade, it continues to emphasize the importance of water quality on everything we do and as it relates to sanitation, human rights, geography, urbanization and sustainability.

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Eutrophication – the incidence of high nutrient concentrations of phosphorus and nitrogen – is the most widespread water quality problem we face. Our water systems are carefully interlinked, and everything we do impacts other water projects down the line. When runoff from agriculture, forestry, construction and even our own personal homes and yards occurs, it has widespread effects not just on us personally, but on civilization throughout the world.

The Environmental Protection Agency has stated that 40 percent of the nations waterways suffer from water quality problems. They have detailed analysis on each watershed throughout the United States, which allows users to locate the watershed they live in and learn how polluted it is and what they can do to begin to protect it.

At a minimum, there are a few things you can do right now to begin protecting the water all around you.

  • Stop using antibacterial soaps and cleaning products
  • Stop flushing unwanted or out of date medications down the toilet or drain
  • Stop putting anything but water down storm drains
  • Fix car leaks immediately. Always place liners on driveways and garage floors to collect oil and other drippings, to prevent them from flowing into storm drains
  • Avoid using pesticides and chemical fertilizers on your lawn and landscaping
  • Choose only nontoxic household products
  • Pick up after pets and dispose of properly
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How much water do you think you use every day? Chances are your numbers are low. When people become aware of how much they use, its easier to find ways to reduce the amount of water, and conserve for a better future.

How many gallons of water does it take to flush a toilet?

According to Denver Water, the average gallons used per flush is 2.4. You can reduce water in two ways: flush less, or install a new toilet that uses even less water. This is especially important if your toilet was installed before 1996, when toilets used 3 or more gallons per flush. You can also consider a dual flush toilet, which allows you to choose the amount of water used depending on what needs to be flushed.

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How many gallons of water does it take to use the shower?

The average person uses about 16 gallons of water to take a shower. The most obvious way to cut down on shower water usage is to take shorter showers. You can also increase efficiency by installing a low flow showerhead. Make sure its labeled WaterSense, and it will save up to 20 percent over a more conventional showerhead.

How much water does it take to do a load of laundry?

The average clothes washer uses an average of 30 gallons per load. If you do one load of laundry per day, that can add up to a lot of water. To save, you can reduce the number of loads and make sure you always start the washer with a full tub. You can also look into purchasing a more efficient washer. By choosing an Energy Star washer, you will save up to 15 gallons of water per load, and will save on your energy bill as well.

These are the three largest water usage items a residential home will use during the year. Did you predict how much water you truly use?

That’s the first step in conserving. Start now by making a plan to do one or more things to reduce your water this year. All it takes is a little work from all of us to make a huge difference. Start today.

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