If your high water bill is causing you some distress, there are ways you can lower it. Are you worried about how your water usage affects the environment? The desire for water conservation can be prompted by many reasons, but whatever the case may be, there are various methods that can reduce your water consumption.
Outdated appliances can be a major cause of water waste in your home. Buying Energy Star dishwashers can increase water efficiency by about 15%, and using Energy Star washing machines can result in 40% less water being used per wash. These models rely less on water, which will ultimately save you money. While it may seem like buying new appliances would be more expensive at first, consider the purchase of upgraded appliances as an investment towards future savings.
When brushing your teeth or washing your hands, make sure you are turning off the tap. Each minute you leave the water running can waste two and a half gallons for standard facets. Turning on the tap only to rinse can be an easy way to conserve water. Installing a new aerator on your sinks can also impact conservation. A WaterSense aerator can restrict the water flow to less than one gallon per minute while still maintaining the same amount of water pressure. Make sure to let pots and pans soak in water to help soften the food stuck on them. This will help reduce the time it takes to wash them later on.
When you are waiting for your shower to warm up, put a bucket under the facet to collect the water. This water can be repurposed for other things such as watering your plants. You can turn the waste into something of value. Reducing the amount of time you spend in the shower can be a gigantic step in water conservation. An old shower head can produce up to five gallons of liquid each minute, so shortening your showers makes a tremendous difference.
The toilet is the greatest exhaust of water in your house. A low-flow toilet can cut down on gallons of waste during each flush. Installing a half gallon jug of water in the toilet tank can achieve the same outcome.
Here are some more general tips to keep in mind. Look out for leaky plumbing. A slow leak may be hard to detect, and it can be happening without you knowing. Leakage can also cause a sudden spike in your bills, so make sure to pay attention to the amount every month. If you need to water outside plants it is best to do so in the early morning. The cooler temperature means less water will be lost to evaporation. Installing a rain barrel can allow you to recycle rainwater for the purpose of maintaining your plants or lawn. Be sure to only run the dishwasher or washing machine when you have full loads.
Following these simple tips can save hundreds of gallons of water each year. For assistance in improving your home’s water conservation abilities, contact Richardson Plumbing. We have over twenty years of experience, so you can be confident you are receiving quality service from knowledgeable professionals. Richardson Plumbing is located in Florence, KY, and we provide service to Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.