When you own a home, the costs add up quickly. Fortunately, there are some bills that you can control to a certain degree, such as your water bill. You need water, of course, but do you really need to be using as much as you are?
An average family may waste as much as 180 gallons of water each week, or enough to do more than 300 loads of laundry. Leaks are responsible for an estimated 900 billion gallons of wasted water nationwide each year. That’s a lot of wasted water, which means a lot of extra money is spent unnecessarily. Here are six surefire ways to stop the excess spending when it comes to your water bill.
If you’ve got outdated appliances that aren’t energy efficient and use a lot of water, it might be time to upgrade. Sure, it’ll cost a little more upfront, but the money (and water) you save in the long run will make it worthwhile.
Almost every plumbing fixture comes in an energy-efficient or low-flow version:
Even replacing your showerheads and faucets with low-flow models can do wonders to save water. And speaking of that, let’s move to tip number three.
We’re not saying you should go back to the days when weekly showers were a thing. But think about when you shower – is it necessary? And is it necessary for you to spend as long in there as you do? Perhaps you’ve got teens that shower for 30 minutes or longer—cut down shower times even by a few minutes and you can save a lot of water. If you are showering more than once a day, make them quick showers so you’re not wasting water.
Make sure that you don’t have toilets running, slow-dripping faucets, small leaks in pipes, or anything else. Take the time to investigate your plumbing and resolve small leaks and issues as soon as you find them to prevent bigger issues down the road. A running toilet could add hundreds to your water bill in just a few months’ time.
This is just the beginning. There are so many other great ways that you can save money on your water bill. It starts with being conscious and creative—what other water-saving ideas do you have? Contact Elk Grove Sewer & Plumbing to learn more!