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Support Earth Day and Sprinkler Spruce Up

On Saturday, April 22nd, HomeServe celebrated Earth Day. According to the EPA, the day was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to address environmental issues arising from factory emissions and raise the concern onto the national agenda. Since then, Earth Day has become a global movement promoting clean air, land, and water. In support of Earth Day, and as part of HomeServe’s ongoing efforts to improve education and awareness around water conservation, we’d like to provide a few simple steps homeowners can take to contribute to a healthier environment.

Specifically, at HomeServe we encourage our employees and all homeowners to do our part to take care of the planet, starting with simple steps to conserve water. A few of HomeServe’s water saving tips include installing low-flow fixtures for toilets and showerheads, aerators on faucets, and consider Energy-star related appliances, which can all attribute to saving gallons of water a day. There are also steps people can take outside the home, including checking outdoor pipes, spigots and hoses for leaks, covering swimming pools to prevent water evaporation, and even putting out rain barrels to collect water for gardening and washing cars. These simple steps when implemented can decrease water waster and give back to the environment.  

Additionally, to stop water waste, HomeServe is celebrating ‘Sprinkler Spruce Up’ this spring through WaterSense®, an EPA Program working to create awareness around the issue of leaks in household plumbing and water systems, which have the potential to contribute to significant water loss. HomeServe joins WaterSense in encouraging homeowners to make simple changes to address leaks and limit waste. By maintaining a sprinkler and irrigation systems, people have the ability to drastically cut down water waste. According to WaterSense  (and illustrated in the infographic nearby), a broken sprinkler head can waste 25,000 gallons of water in six months and the small leaks that occur from improperly connecting hoses and pipes can contribute to 6,300 gallons of water wasted per month. These shocking numbers reveal how such a minor leak can contribute to such a significant amount of water waste.

In honor of Earth Day, we encourage everyone to inspect their sprinkler systems and make conscious, easy choices to better protect the future of our environment!

Tips from WaterSense: Sprinkler Spruce Up
Before you ramp up your watering this spring, spruce up your irrigation system by remembering four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct, and select.

  • Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. Better yet, go with a pro—find an irrigation professional certified by a WaterSense labeled program to do the work for you.
  • Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water pools in your landscape or you have large soggy areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (or 1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
  • Direct. Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape.
  • Select. An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste a lot of water and money. Update your system’s schedule with the seasons, or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling  (WaterSense, 2015)

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