Most people don’t have reducing water consumption on their list of ways to save money. But it should be. Maybe saving a few dollars in a month doesn’t seem significant. However, following just a few of these tips can show you considerable savings over time. And really, every penny counts. Not to mention, using less water can cut back on wear and tear of pipes and plumbing, which saves you money in the long run, too.
Check your faucets and toilets for leaks or excessive running. If you notice drips from the faucet, see small puddles of water around the top of your sink, or can hear your toilet run longer than it should after flushing, you’re wasting water. Even a tiny drip from an old, worn-out faucet can waste gallons of water each day. And a continuously running toilet wastes even more water. Both of these situations cost you additional money on your bill each month and that will add up in time. Get them fixed today.
Get a low-flow or water-saving showerheads and faucets. Using these inexpensive showerheads can drastically decrease the number of gallons used during each shower. And the aerator faucets cut back on gallons wasted when running water to wash hands, etc. Look into having these installed.
Run only full loads of laundry and dishes. Saving up your dishes until you have a full load and washing only full loads of dirty clothes means you will reduce the number of times you need to run each machine. This, in turn, reduces the overall amount of water used. And it can save on wear and tear to the machines, as well.
Limit the use of sink garbage disposals. Garbage disposals on the sink seem like a great invention, but they use a lot of extra water to get all of that food chopped and sent down the pipes. Make sure you’re disposing of only proper food items in them, too.
Decrease shower times and/or time your showers. Many people (kids especially) don’t really think about how much water they use while showering. Data from the national energy policy act mandate that showerheads in the U.S. produce a maximum flow of 2.5 gallons per minute. Of course, using a lower-flow showerhead will help. But reducing the amount of time you spend in the shower will cut your water bill down, too.
Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth, peeling vegetables, or hand-washing dishes. In doing so, you’re just letting gallons of water run down the drain. Wet your toothbrush, then turn off the faucet until you need to rinse. To peel veggies, wash them in a bowl, then peel them onto a cutting board. If you must hand-wash dishes, keep one side of the sink filled with clean water to rinse.
By implementing a combination of these tips, you can dramatically reduce your water usage. Over a few months or even a year, you may be able to save hundreds of dollars. Not to mention, all of these ideas help in water conservation efforts, and it can’t hurt for us to each do our part.
If you need help fixing leaky pipes or installing new water-efficient sinks, toilets or water heaters, give Dauenhauer Plumbing a call today.