Lauenstein: New Year’s Resolution for 2011: Drop 10 Percent – Georgetown, MA – Georgetown Record

Lauenstein: New Year’s Resolution for 2011: Drop 10 Percent – Georgetown, MA – Georgetown Record.

Do you know your water-use efficiency? The Massachusetts conservation standard is 65 gallons per person per day (8.7 cubic feet per day), which is similar to the annual average in Georgetown. Yet some residents use as little as 20 gallons per person per day (2.7 cubic feet per person per day), saving money on their water and energy bills, helping the community live and grow within its water supply capacity, and benefiting the local environment.

Compute your water use efficiency from your water bill. It’s easy using the daily water usage worksheet on the Water Department page of the Georgetown website, georgetownma.gov. It’s in the “Conserving Water” folder under “Important Links & Information.”

Then resolve to drop your water use by 10 percent in 2011. Here’s how:

· Replace the faucet aerator in your kitchen sink with a 1.0 or 1.5 gallon-per-minute aerator, and in bathroom sinks, install 0.5 or 1.0 gpm aerators. Typical aerators use two gpm or more. Replacing them can save as much as 500 to 3,000 gallons per year. They only cost about $2, and are easy to install. Videos on how to change aerators are available online at YouTube.com.

· Get an efficient showerhead that feels like more flow but actually uses less water and energy. Check out the showerheads listed at Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense website, epa.gov/watersense, and read customer reviews at Amazon.com.

· Install efficient toilets. Toilet flushing is the No. 1 water use indoors. Call the Georgetown Water Department at 978-352-5750 to get a rebate of up to $200 on a modern high-efficiency toilet listed at the EPA WaterSense website. Flushing power data is available online at cuwcc.org/MaPTesting.aspx.

· Convert your old toilet to dual flush, which conserves water by using less water to flush liquid waste. Conversion kits are available for less than $25, and installation requires no tools. Check out the online videos at YouTube.com.

· When the time comes for a new washing machine, choose an energy- and water-efficient model from the EnergyStar list at energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=clotheswash.display_products.html.

Need help with your resolution? Call Georgetown Water Conservation Coordinator Paul Lauenstein
a: 781-784-2986 or e-mail him at lauenstein@comcast.net.

 

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