As the dog days of summer draw to a close, it is a great time to take stock of household water usage over the past summer and throughout the year and make simple changes that will help save both money and water in the future. October, in particular, is the right time to do both as the state of Georgia once again sponsors a tax-free weekend for the purchase of WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labeled products with a sales price of $1,500.00 or less. Products for noncommercial home or personal use will be exempt from state and local sales taxes Friday, October 2, through Sunday, October 4, 2015.

Replacing a standard showerhead with a WaterSense-labeled one can save thousands of gallons of water a year.  Replacing an old toilet with a water-efficient one will save more than two gallons a flush. Besides saving money on the sales tax, residents who purchase a WaterSense-labeled toilet may qualify for a rebate. Details about which utilities offer rebates, either directly or through the Metro Water District are available at

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