Just like other costly utilities that homeowners face on a daily basis, your water bill can get out of control, but there are ways to lower your water bill and impact on the environment. By following a few simple tips you can reduce your water consumption and save money on your utility. Water conservation helps to prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers, and local watersheds as well.
Conserving water can help extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation and pollution due to leaks. The smaller the amount of water you use, the less strain on municipal sewer systems that can cause untreated sewage to flow into lakes and rivers.
If you want to save money every month on your water bill, there are plenty of things that you can do both inside and outside of your home. Saving money on your utilities is one of the best ways to create a situation in which you save money over time, and although this doesn’t seem like a lot of money each month, these savings add up regularly.
Water Saving Tips
- Only wash full loads with your dishwasher and washing machine. When you fill the dishwasher or washing machine with a full load, the whole process is that much more efficient.
- Replace your dishwasher or washing machine with a high-efficiency model. The extra cost is usually recovered in your savings over time.
- Use a low-flow shower head that cuts the water used in half.
- Replace the aerators on your kitchen and bathroom sink faucets. Make sure that they are working properly and adjust them so that the flow is lower.
- Turn off the water when not in use while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Replace your toilet with a low-flow model, which reduces how much water is needed to fill the tank.
- Use a rain barrel attached to your eavestroughs downspout to collect water. This water can be used for watering plants or washing your car.
- Water your lawn at night or early in the morning to allow the water to sink into the ground without evaporating in the mid-day heat. Also, avoid over-watering. If you have a sprinkler system, set it up on a timer to ensure that the water comes on when it should and that it doesn’t stay on too long.
- Keep water in the fridge to have cold water available without running the tap until it cools. Many fridges today have water dispensing systems to provide immediate cold water.
- Check for leaky faucets or leaks in toilets and get them repaired. These leaks can waste thousands of litres of water in a year. Also, check for leaks anywhere else inside or outside the house because a broken pipe can mean even more water waste and bigger bills.
With very little effort, you can adjust your habits so that you aren’t using as much water and you can get in the practice of checking for leaks every few months. Combine your water efforts with attempts to reduce your power and heating bills and you’ll see even bigger savings.
If after inspection you’ve noticed a leaky faucet or a broken pipe, you might be in need of professional help. Contact Wentworth Plumbing today and our technicians can help to assess your needs to ensure that any plumbing replacements or repairs will meet your expectations and will perform to your standards.