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Water Conservation Information

Throughout the country, there are arid and drought-striken areas thirsty for water. It is in the public’s interest to conserve not only to keep these areas supplied with adequate drinking water, but to ensure in-stream flows, which provide protection for our earth’s ecosystems. Although water is generally considered to be reasonably priced, in tough economic times, everyone tries to find ways to pinch pennies and decreasing utility bills is one way to do so. When it comes to water conservation – whether the drive stems from preserving a natural resource or reducing monthly costs – knowledge is power. Understanding one’s usage is necessary in order to reduce both the amount of water used and the amount one is billed for.

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Sub-metering lets residents and tenants see and understand their water use. Instead of using one master meter to track consumption, meters are installed on each water line servicing individual units. This way, each unit can be monitored and occupants can keep better tabs on individual usage. Water sub-metering is a good solution for managing water expenses and promotes water conservation. At Commercial Water & Energy Company, we encourage tenants to monitor their water bills for unusually high use. The bill and automated water meter reading software systems are tools that can help tenants discover leaks in faucets, toilets, and other plumbing equipment. Monitoring monthly water bills can also help tenants gauge the effectiveness of water conservation techniques. Below are a few tips tenants can put into use every day for a dramatic difference in consumption.

Water Conservation Tips:
  • Turn off the water when…
    • brushing teeth and save 25 gallons of water a month.
    • shaving and save 300 gallons of water a month.
    • washing your hair and save 150 gallons of water a month.
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and save up to 150 gallons of water a month.
  • Run washing machines and dishwashers only with full loads and save up to 1,000 gallons of water a month.
  • Replace your toilet flapper if it doesn’t close after flushing.
  • Don’t use running water to thaw food. Instead, defrost food in the refrigerator.
  • Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables and then reuse it to water houseplants.

To quote Maya Angelou, “When you know better, you do better.” and Commercial Water & Energy Company wants to empower you with water-saving ideas that can make a real difference. From automated water meter reading systems to billing software solutions, Commercial Water and Energy makes water usage clear. This transparency combined with water conservation measures enables you to reduce consumption and decrease utility expense.

In a multi-family property, water and other utility costs represent an estimated 35% of all monthly operating costs. This already sizable percentage is projected to escalate with utility rate increases or spikes in tenant usage. Commercial Water & Energy’s utility expense management services and software solutions help owners recapture utility costs and increase community cash flow. From the installation of advance meter reading systems to utility bill processing and debt collection, Commercial Water & Energy will help you manage your property more efficiently and cost-effectively. Click Owner Benefits to find out why you should make the switch to utility allocation with CWE.