Do you dread opening your water bill every month? You’re not alone. Many homeowners deal with high water bills and look for ways to cut back and save on these costs. Thankfully, there are several easy options when it comes to addressing this issue.
1. Don’t Let Your Faucets Run
Many people are guilty of letting their faucets run while brushing their teeth, doing dishes, and cooking. To save water and money, turn off your faucets when you aren’t directly using the water. Once you get your toothbrush wet, turn off the water while you brush your teeth, and turn it back on to rinse your mouth. When you are doing dishes by hand, fill up the wash side of the sink with soapy water and fill the rinse side with clean water. If you are prepping vegetables or meat, try to prep everything prior to turning on the water to rinse or wash your hands rather than letting the water run while you prepare each item for rinsing. To further reduce your water consumption, consider purchasing low-flow aerators for your kitchen and bathroom faucets.
2. Pay Attention to How You Use Water in the Shower
Showers can waste a ton of water if you’re not careful. We’re all guilty of getting distracted after starting the water for a shower, but staying mindful about the amount of time you let go by before getting in is an easy way to cut down on water waste and costs. Similarly, if you or someone in your family frequently takes very long showers, it could be worth trying to cut down on the length or frequency. To save more money, you should also consider purchasing and installing low-flow showerheads.
3. Do Fewer Loads of Dishes and Laundry
The two appliances that hog the most water in your home are your dishwasher and your washing machine. Instead of running partial loads of dishes and laundry, wait until you have a full load to wash. This will maximize the efficiency of each machine and save you money on your water bill because you will not be doing as many loads of dishes or laundry.
4. As Your Appliances Wear Out, Replace Them With Water-Efficient Models
There’s no need to replace an appliance that isn’t broken. However, when they do reach the end of their lives, consider replacing them with appliances that use less water and less electricity. Many new appliances now come with Energy Star ratings so that you can see how much the appliance will cost you to own each year.
5. Fix Your Leaks
Minor leaks can waste a lot of water. If you have dripping faucets or a leaky toilet, have them repaired as soon as possible. Even a minor drip can waste hundreds of gallons of water a year.
6. Get a Plumbing Inspection
Getting a home plumbing inspection from our plumbers can give you valuable information about your plumbing system. We can help diagnose leaks, cracks, and breaks in pipes so that you can get them repaired. At the same time, you can also talk to our plumbers about ways to save water and money on your water bills. Our professionals can examine and repair your plumbing system, install aerators, and new low-flow faucets and showerheads. We can also turn down the temperature on your water heater and install water heater blankets and pipe insulation.
For more information on our water saving and plumber services, call us at 770-777-1111.