For most people, finding ways to lower their water bill isn’t a priority. However, you can save significantly over the long term by cutting back. Checking your appliances for leaks is one way to avoid higher utility bills. The sooner you spot a leak in a faucet, toilet, or dishwasher, the more you can save by fixing it early (one leaky appliance can waste 20 gallons per day). Sometimes a spike in your utility bill is due to a hidden leak, so this is one place to start.
Changing a few simple habits can make a world of difference to your water bill. Here are some things you can do right away to start saving.
- Shorter showers: Reducing the time it takes to shower to under four minutes can save you close to 4,000 gallons per year, and about $100 annually.
- Turn off the faucet when shaving/brushing your teeth: You’ll save a great deal of water by shutting off the faucet. When you shave, briefly rinse off the razor; when brushing, fill up a rinse cup beforehand.
- Run dishwashers and washing machines at full loads: Wash the dishes or do the laundry only when you have a full load. This decreases how many times the appliance needs to be run.
- Avoid hand-washing dishes: You’ll use 1/6 less water. Typically, about 2 gallons per minute flows from a faucet, and the average dishwasher consumes 6 gallons on a single cycle.
- Get a car wash: Hand washing a car can waste up to 100 gallons of water. Your local car wash doesn’t use nearly as much water, so leave the washing to the professionals.
- Cover up the pool: Evaporated water from an exposed pool can waste 20,000 gallons of water a year. Retractable, roller-type covers are suited for larger swimming pools.
- Fill your garden with native plants: By planting grasses, flowers, and bushes indigenous to your local area, you have vegetation that’s accustomed to local rainfall rates, so little or no water is needed.
Modifications That Can Help You Save on Utilities
You can also save water by installing low-flow toilets, which save 2 to 5 gallons per flush. To convert an existing toilet, add weight to the toilet tank, which can achieve the same effect. Faucets can be made more efficient by installing aerators. An aerator reduces how much water can flow through a faucet, but it also increases water pressure by adding air. Therefore, it gives you performance and savings.
Also, look for Energy Star appliances, which are designed to curb water and energy usage. Replacing appliances with more efficient ones can yield long-term savings. You may even recoup the cost of new devices in a reasonable amount of time. Additional savings may be realized via tax credits and special discounts offered in your local area.
Call Detour Plumbing for Help
If you’re looking for a professional to upgrade or repair your appliances, or your water bill has spiked for no apparent reason, call Detour Plumbing. Our highly trained plumbers in Santa Clarita are licensed, bonded, and insured; they’re also experienced at dealing with all types of plumbing issues. Emergency service is available 24/7. We even offer payment plans to accommodate your budget should the work exceed what you can afford. Learn more about our 100% satisfaction guarantee and how we can help you save water by requesting service online.
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