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Spring is officially here and energy conservation is just as important now as it was all winter long. Are your residents aware of maintenance issues and water conservation techniques that can help them to reduce their utility bills this spring? Check out some water-saving tips for multifamily residents below.

Reducing Water Leaks

Water leaks in apartments are a common maintenance issue that can lead to high water bills if left untreated. Utility submetering can be used as a tool to catch leaks and reduce the amount of wasted water. Properties can also use the physical meter on site to help aid in the troubleshooting of difficult leaks. Many properties choose to send a letter out to residents informing them of what to look for in the event they have a leak, ie. running toilets, a spike in water bill, dripping faucets, etc.

Installing energy efficient fixtures

Another way to conserve water is to install aerators and low flow fixtures wherever possible. Aerators on sink faucets and showerheads mix air into the water to reduce water use by up to 50% while still keeping good pressure. Low flow fixtures such as toilets are required by law to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. That is about half of what a standard flush toilet is using on average. Low flow toilets can conserve more than 9,000 gallons per year.

Checking water line insulation

It’s also important to have the insulation on the water lines checked at least once a year. The spring is generally the best time to inspect the water lines due to the high move-in rate in most complexes. The insulation surrounding water pipes is not only meant keep them from freezing in the winter, but also to help keep the water that is trapped in the pipes hotter for longer. This helps to decrease the amount of time it will take to heat up cold water.

Water conservation helps to keep the bills down while also protecting the environment. Every little bit your multifamily property can do to ensure your apartments are eco-friendly and your residents are knowledgeable helps tremendously.

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