Tips for Saving On Your Water Bill
Approximately 7.5 billion people inhabiting planet Earth using almost 4 trillion (yes…trillion!) cubic meters of fresh water per year, with a large amount of this usage coming from our bathroom plumbing.
And truth is, we are running low. But we have good news, YOU can do your part to help reduce our global water intake! With our environment and wildlife currently in distress, decreasing your water usage in just ONE in a million things you can do to help!
Lucky for you, we’ve got some stellar tips and tricks to help you trim your environmental impact by saving water AND your wallet!
Upgrade to Low Flushing Toilets
First, let’s talk toilets. Most household toilets take water to function. Did you know that the average toilet uses 3.6 gallons of water per flush? In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that toilets are the “biggest water drain” in American homes.
But there is a solution! Low flush (or low flow) toilets. These toilets use about half (1.6 gallons) of the water to flush and let gravity and pressure do the rest. Not only do these toilets help you help the environment, but they can help seriously cushion your cash.
According to the EPA, homeowners can save over $100 per year on their bathroom plumbing by switching to a low flow toilet. Also, these toilets are a little more expensive initially, but if properly maintained, can last at least 30 years. Bonus! This feature actually ADDS value to your home!
Check Shower Faucets for Leaks
Another way you can reduce water usage is by checking your shower faucets. Having a drippy, leaky shower faucet is the number one way to add to your water bill AND wastewater.
Also, who likes to hear the constant, taunting “drip, drip…..drip” of a leaky faucet? NO ONE. The answer is no one. So, do yourself and the planet, a favor and check those faucets!
Most leaky faucets are caused by damage to the inner seals of the valve. An easy tip for maintaining those important pieces; don’t overtighten the handle when turning the faucet off!
Suspect There’s a Pipe Leak?
Last but not least, make sure your home is void of leaky pipes, another perpetrator of wasteful bathroom plumbing.
Depending on the severity, a leaking pipe can waste up to 5 gallons of water per day and cost anywhere from $20 to $200 per year. Sometimes a leaky pipe is hard to catch, but unfortunately, after that leak, a burst pipe will be easy to see.
Any easy way to check for a leak is to make sure NO water is being used in the house and check the meter for movement. You can also take a meter reading, wait an hour with no water being used, and take another reading to detect a discrepancy. Let’s lockdown those leaks!
Don’t let leaky, loose, and inefficient bathroom plumbing rule your water bill OR your environmental footprint. Regularly check for signs of leaks and drips to help protect the integrity of your home and your wallet. Also, keep an eye out for the latest technology to aid in keeping your home clean and energy efficient. The time is NOW to pay attention to our impact on the environment!