No one likes an unpleasant surprise when opening up the water bill. Unfortunately, many of us use way more water than necessary and end up spending way too much on our water bills. From bathing and showering to cleaning, doing laundry, washing dishes and more, the average American household uses a lot of water. While our demands are pretty high, most of us end up wasting more than we realize. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to save money on your water bill.
Take Shorter Showers
A long, hot shower is great, but it wastes a lot of water. By shortening your shower by just four minutes, you can save up to 4,000 gallons of water per year. This can cut your bill by about $100 annually. Taking shorter showers may also help lower your gas or electric bill.
Don’t Leave Water Running While Brushing Your Teeth or Showering
Instead of leaving water running the entire time you are shaving or brushing your teeth, fill up a cup for rinsing. This little change will keep you from letting your money run down the drain while performing these daily tasks.
Use Your Dishwasher
Handwashing dishes uses a lot more water than a dishwasher. In fact, washing a full load in the dishwasher uses about 1/6 less water. Remember, though, to only run your dishwasher when it is fully loaded. Doing partial loads wastes water.
Install Low-Flow Fixtures
Upgrading your bathroom to include a low-flow showerhead and low-flow toilet can drastically reduce water use. If you have an older toilet or a particularly inefficient showerhead, making this simple switch could reduce the amount of water you use by half.
Check for Leaks
Even the most seemingly insignificant leak can waste a lot of water. Whether it’s a leaky faucet, a pinhole in a pipe or any other type of leak, a constant drip can waste hundreds of gallons of water each month. Depending on the location of the leak, it can also cause serious damage to your home. If your water bills seem exceptionally high and you cannot find a leak, you could have a leak in the pipes outside your home. It’s always a good idea to enlist the help of a plumber for professional leak detection if you have high water bills and do not know why.
Using less water decreases your monthly bill and lessens your impact on the environment. By making small changes around your home, you can lower your bill without making any major sacrifices. If you need help upgrading your home’s plumbing system or you are looking or additional ways to reduce your consumption, contact us today to schedule an appointment.