Replace your O-rings and washers to see if that solves the problem of a leaky sink or shower. Pipe tape (Teflon tape) can be used to secure loose connections between the faucet and the pipe.
NYC Green House is an HPD program designed to help building owners reduce the amount of water used by the residents as well as the water used to operate their buildings. Whether renovating units, replacing mechanicals or maintaining these residential buildings, NYC Green House provides access to tax credits, rebates and incentives that help lower water usage, as well as some easy tips for residents and maintenance staff that can lower your water bills.
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Check your meter during a period when water’s not being used. If the level changes, you have a leak. A leaky tub faucet, toilet or sink can waste thousands of gallons of water per year.
Insulate hot water pipes with easy to install pre-cut pipe insulation.
Do laundry on the warm or cold setting instead of hot. Many detergents work just as well in cold or warm water.
Solar hot water heaters use renewable energy from the sun to heat your building’s water. Solar hot water heaters, also called solar thermal systems, can reduce your annual energy use for water heating by half, though you will need to supplement these systems during cloudy days.
Keep the front of your building shaded and protected. Take care of the street trees along your property line and on sidewalks near your building. Planters or rain gardens along your property line and in courtyards can help absorb some of the rainwater that collects on your property.
The Parks Department plants street trees, free-of-charge, on sidewalks in front of homes, apartment buildings, and businesses in all five boroughs. In order to request a free street tree please use the Parks Department’s forestry service request system.
Are the gutters on your building in good condition? Their purpose it to keep rainwater away from your building, protecting walls, windows and foundations. Make sure to clean them seasonally and check the gutters after any major weather event.