Home & Garden

Water-wise tip: Protect your pipes – and warm up your water

This is part of a weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.

▪  Insulate your water pipes.

Inexpensive pre-slit foam pipe insulation (available at home improvement centers or hardware stores) is easy to install and pays big dividends. Not only does it protect your pipes from freezing (and expensive repairs), it keeps the water inside those pipes warmer, too. That means less time is needed for hot water to reach the tap, and less water is wasted as you wait for that warmer water to emerge. If you run your faucet just two minutes less while waiting for warm water, that’s 3 gallons saved every time.

For more tips, visit www.bewatersmart.info/.

Debbie Arrington