Straight from the Tap

Save Time and Money With These Holiday Water Tips

11/19/2018

The holiday season is a busy time for many of our customers. With all the festivities, you may find that your water use, and in turn water bill, goes up.

We don’t want your water bill to be another thing you have to worry about this time of year. So here are some helpful tips on how you can save time and money this holiday season.

Sign Up for the Cleveland Water Web Portal

Family in town? One person uses 80-100 gallons of water each day! Prevent any surprises on your bill by keeping an eye on your water usage with the Cleveland Water web portal.

By creating an account at my.clevelandwater.com, you can easily view your daily and hourly water usage. Knowing how much water you use, as well as when you use it, is an essential step in saving water and therefore costs.

Save yourself time by signing up for paperless billing, leak detection alerts, and payment reminders, all on the Cleveland Water web portal.

Find and Fix Leaks

Holiday guests mean bathrooms experience heavier than normal usage, which makes your fixtures and plumbing more prone to leaks. A leaking toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons per day!

Inspect bathroom fixtures before family and friends arrive or consider upgrading to water-efficient fixtures and appliances. Find tips on how to detect and prevent costly water leaks on our blog.

Conserve Water

Preparing for and cleaning up after holiday meals and parties can use much more water than ordinary, everyday use. Running your tap continuously while preparing food or washing dishes can use more than 2 gallons of water every minute!

Reduce your water use by scraping dirty dishes clean instead of rinsing them. You can save 60 gallons weekly by brushing food scraps into the garbage can or composting them instead of rinsing them into the garbage disposal. 

Using a dishwasher saves more water than hand-washing but you should run it only when it’s full. If you don’t have a dishwasher or need to hand-wash certain items, fill the sink with a few gallons of soapy wash water, clean your dishes, and put them aside. Then rinse them all together afterward.

Rather than defrosting frozen foods under running water, either defrost overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave. This can save up to 50 gallons of water.

Protect Your Home

Whether you're staying home or going out of town for the holidays, winter weather can cause serious plumbing issues, and the last thing you want to worry about is the high cost and hassle of a pipe or water line break.

Keep your holidays hassle-free by preventing your pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes can cause expensive, frustrating, and unnecessary damage. Learn how to winterize your plumbing on our blog. And consider enrolling in the affordable home protection programs we offer via HomeServe USA.

If you’re headed out of town, turn off your water using the valve near your meter to minimize the threat of water damage. A major leak or pipe burst while you’re away can end up costing thousands of dollars in damage.

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