We all like to save money when we can. Yet the average household can waste over 10,000 gallons of water annually. One of the main reasons for wasted water is due to leaks. Many of these reasons have easy fixes. Understanding the reasons we waste water is the first step to taking actions that can save you money on your water bill.
5 simple ways to save when it comes to your water bill
Verify you don’t have a running toilet.
When your toilet runs continuously or keeps running after you flush, it then becomes a big water waster in your home. A running toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water per day. It can quickly increase your water bill. Sometimes it’s easy to know you have a running toilet because you hear it. You may not always hear it, so performing a test can help you to know if you have a problem. To test your toilet, add a few drops of colored food dye into the tank. Wait about 25 minutes and then verify the dye has not leaked into the bowl. Replacing the flapper or adjusting the fill valve might fix the problem.
Fix a dripping faucet.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Division, a dripping faucet is the most prominent leakage problem in the home, accounting for an estimate 8 gallons of water per day, or 3,000 gallons per year. If you have a dripping faucet, fixing it can save almost 10% of your water bill. And with the number of faucets you have inside and outside your home, that amount can multiply quickly if you have more than one faucet dripping. Replacing the o-ring or washer in the faucet head will often fix the leak.
Prevent broken pipes.
Like a dripping faucet, a leak from a cracked or broken water line can waste thousands of gallons of water per year. This can significantly increase your water bill. Performing an inspection of your plumbing system can help verify you don’t have leaks from your pipes. If your pipes are old, they are more prone to damage so you want to evaluate replacing them. Prevent future problems with your pipes by properly insulating them from the cold weather. In addition, perform regular maintenance to keep them flowing easily and free from clogs.
Replace old fixtures and appliances.
Your old fixtures might work but replacing them with newer ones that have Watersense labels can decrease your water usage and save you money on your water bill. By replacing just one shower head with a new Watersense labeled showerhead, you can save an average of 2,900 gallons of water annually. Standard toilets on average use 1.6 gallons per flush compared to older toilets that use as much as 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush. Installing low flow faucets, front-loading washing machines and more efficient dishwashers can also help save you money on your water bill.
Practice better habits in water conservation.
Besides making prompt repairs to your plumbing system, changing behaviors can also significantly reduce your water usage and save money. Consider how much water you could save if you turned off the faucet while you scrubbed, shaved or brushed your teeth. Shutting the water off until you are ready to rinse can help save 200 gallons of water per month. The standard faucet runs water at 2 gallons per minute so make it a habit to turn it off more frequently.
The truth is that changing behaviors, making plumbing repairs and updating fixtures can directly affect your water bill. Scheduling an inspection of your plumbing system is a great next step in the direction to save money. If you would like to schedule an inspection, installation or repairs, contact High Priority Plumbing in Atlanta (770.860.8110) and Savannah (912.373.7707).