Fix a Leak Week

You know there are weeks and days devoted to nearly every imaginable thing or cause?  Well, the Environmental Protection Agency has designated this week (March 16-20, 2009) as "Fix a Leak Week."  According to the website, the average American home has dripping faucets and leaking toilets that waste 11,000 gallons of water each year.  That's a lot of water!  By fixing small leaks and water runs, you will help the environment and save money as well.

In my area, water costs $4.08 for every 1,000 gallons, plus various taxes and surcharges.  That would be almost $50 per year, plus the general wastefulness of it.  Plus, if 11,000 is the average, I'm sure that some homes are wasting way more water than that.

Take a few minutes this week to check your plumbing and make any repairs.  It's worth the time!

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.