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Conserve, Conserve, Conserve in 2014

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The New Year is a time to reflect on the past and focus on the future. We all have our resolutions for the new year… lose weight, pay off debt, exercise more, get promoted, etc., but has your resolution ever been to conserve? It could entail turning off the lights when you leave a room, recycling more or maybe even learning to use less water. While some of these are good for the environment, some are also good for your wallet.

The average person in North America uses 80-100 gallons of water each day according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). To put things in perspective, it takes 36 gallons of water to fill a tub for a bath or two gallons per minute in the shower. That's a lot of water going down the drain each day. So what can you do to help save water and ensure future generations don't encounter a water crisis?

Here are a few tips*:

  • Use the dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand
  • Designate one glass for your drinking water every day or refill a water bottle
  • Wash dark clothes in cold water, it saves water and energy, not to mention it helps retain the color of your clothing
  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth (it can save up to four gallons per minute)
  • Keep your shower under five minutes (and save up to 1,000 gallons per month)
  • Water your summer lawn once every three days and your winter lawn once every five days

Culligan can be the key to your water conservation success in 2014! They have the expertise and tools to get you on track for the new year.   

*Water tips courtesy of www.wateruseitwisely.com.

Can Soft Water Save You Money?

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Gold Series Water Softener'Tis the season for your pocketbook to feel a little smaller and your budget a bit tighter. Once the holidays are over, many people find themselves pinching pennies and looking for ways to save, if they aren't already.

Did you know some of your savings can originate right in your own home? More importantly - we may be biased - your very own Culligan Man can help in the savings!

You use water in your home every day. Bathing, washing and running your appliances. If you have hard water, you could be draining your wallet of money unnecessarily. On the flipside, softened water can reveal hidden savings that bring measurable benefits to your budget.

How can soft water save you money? Let us count the ways:

Detergent savings - you don't need to use as much soap or cleaning aids to wash laundry, dishes, hair and body.  You save on detergent purchases while getting even cleaner results.

Lower energy bills - you can wash your clothes in 60-degree versus 100-degree water temperatures, decreasing the energy required to heat water for successful stain removal.

Appliance longevity - using softened water helps to increase the lifespan of your water-using appliances, by preventing scale buildup that can damage equipment and lead to premature replacement. 

Water heater efficiency - gas storage tank household water heaters operating on soft water can maintain their original efficiency rating.

Healthier plumbing   - hard water scale buildup not only attacks appliances, but clogs pipes, slows drains and constricts the rate of water flow from showerheads. Soft water keeps these "lines" open and prevents the need for costly plumbing repairs.

What are you waiting for? Start saving. Contact your Culligan Man today.

Boil Water Advisory - Get in the “Know”

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In the United States and Canada, we assume the water we drink from the tap is safe, but that's not always the case. Have you ever experienced that lovely alert known as a "Boil Water Advisory"? If so, you have experienced the inconvenience; if not, let us fill you in so if you ever do fall victim to a boil water advisory, you can be prepared.

Some of you may be wondering, what are boil water advisories? Basically, they are a public health advisory given by the government or health authorities to consumers when a community's drinking water is or could be contaminated by pathogens, a.k.a. bacteria, viruses, protozoa or parasites. Let's just say, the water can make you sick! According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contamination can be caused by a variety of factors, including equipment failure, leaking/broken pipes in the water system or insufficient disinfectant in the water supply. The boil water advisory gives you information so you can take action to protect your health.

The CDC states that boiling water can be used as a pathogen reduction method that should kill all pathogens. Essentially, boiling water kills harmful bacteria and parasites. To ensure water is sterile, it needs to be brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute. Once this is done, the boiled water should be cooled and can then be used for your water needs.

A few quick tips for those who encounter boil water advisories:

Use Tap Water for:

  • Washing clothes (unless water is cloudy)
  • Taking showers (adults and older children)
  • Flushing toilets

Use Boiled Water for:

  • Drinking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Washing fruits and vegetables
  • Preparing food
  • Mixing baby formula
  • Making ice

Proper well and septic system construction and maintenance is the key to helping keep germs out of drinking water and preventing boil water advisories. Regularly testing water and regularly inspecting septic systems also ensures any problems are caught. Remember, when you need your water tested, call the Culligan Man. He has the hook-up for all your water testing needs!

For more information regarding what to do if you experience a boil water advisory, click here.

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