4 Ways to Save on Your Water Bill
We can all take steps to use less water in the home. Water is expensive and at the same time we want to save money when possible it’s also the right thing to do for the environment. Outside of watering our lawns, the three places where we use the most water in the home are the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room. Depending on the size of your family, the bathroom is where you likely use the most water. Here are 4 ways to save on your water bill and some tips to help you save on your water usage without changing your lifestyle.
- Tub & Shower Usage – Whether you prefer a bath to a shower, you can still save water by making a few simple habit changes. Most standard tubs can hold up to 42 gallons of water. Choosing not to fill the tub to its highest level, say 30 gallons saves 12 gallons of water for each tub use. This adds up over the course of family usage and can save you a lot of money. Most shower heads discharge about 2.5 gallons of water per minute. So, if you take long showers, say 15 minutes, you’re using almost 40 gallons of water. Limiting your showers to 10 minutes will only use about 25 gallons of water. Over time this also adds up to significant savings.
- Invest in New Toilets and Shower heads – Older style toilets can use anywhere from 4 to 7 gallons of water per flush. Newer toilets are designed to be much more efficient and can use as little as 1.5 gallons per flush. When you take into consideration the size of your family and how many times, they use the toilet daily, it all adds up. It goes without saying that if you have toilets that run constantly you could be wasting up to 200 gallons a day or more. If you don’t have the experience to fix them yourself call a professional plumber. In the long run stopping leaks and running toilets will pay for itself.
As stated earlier standard shower heads can use up to 2.5 gallons of water per minute. By installing low-flow shower heads you can reduce the amount of water usage significantly. An average family of 4 can save nearly 6000 gallons a month. Compound this over a year and you can start to see how you can lower your water bill substantially.
- Reduce the Water Used from Your Sinks – We go to our bathroom sink to wash our hands, brush our teeth, and shave. Leaving the sink on with a strong flow will waste a lot of water. Depending on the size of your family it also adds up. One solution is to just turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving. Leaving the sink on instead of turning it off will use 200 gallons of water or more a month. Instead of a constant stream of water, fill the sink with water to rinse your razor. If you have small children teach them now how to conserve water. It’s never to early to learn good habits!
- Cut Down on the Water Used by Your Toilets – If you don’t have newer model toilets and can’t afford to replace your old-style toilets, you can still cut down on the amount of water used when flushing. To do this you need to raise the level of the water in your toilet tank. One method is to place bricks in the tank. You can also take a plastic bottle and fill it with sand. The end result is it takes less time for the tank to refill as the water runs for less time.
If you’re interested in saving water in your home and need the assistance of professionals, call The Clean Plumbers. We’ll replace your old shower heads, toilets, and fix any leaks and set you on your way to conserving water and saving money.