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Water-Efficient Home for the Holidays

Friends and family coming to visit? More people in your home means more water use. Here are some easy ways to host for the holidays and keep water use down:

  1. Deck more than the halls by making sure your kitchen and bathroom faucets are decked out with water-efficient aerators. Replacing older aerators (the screw-on tip of a faucet) with new water-efficient ones can be one of the most cost-effective water conservation measures your household can do.

  2. Your toilet may be quiet as a mouse, but are you sure it isn't leaking? Leaky toilets often make themselves known because there is a sound of running water or a faint hissing or trickling. But sometimes, water flows through the tank silently, which is why these sneaky leaks are often overlooked. Here's how to check your toilet for leaks before it gets its holiday workout. And if you’re ready to upgrade, Water Bureau customers can apply for a $50 rebate for replacing a toilet with a new WaterSense-labeled toilet and recycling the old one.

  3. Oh showerhead, oh showerhead! Replacing your old showerhead with a new high-efficiency one will save you water. In fact, the average household could save 2,700 gallons per year and enough energy to power a house for 11 days - just by installing a WaterSense-labeled showerhead. 

Get free water-saving tools like aerators, showerheads, and toilet leak detection tablets from the Portland Water Bureau Efficiency Program:

Happy Holidays!