Water is a great privilege. Many of us take it for granted, and how easy it is to turn on a faucet and take a warm shower whenever we want. In the same way, it’s easy to save money by looking at certain areas of life and making small adjustments. Who doesn’t love to save some extra cash here and there? We know we do. It’s safe to say that we can cut back in many areas of our lives. You may wonder how to lower your water bill. Well, we’re going to fill you in today. Keep reading to learn some tips on how to lower your water bill.
Check Out Your Toilets
Lowering your water bill should start at one of the most-used features of your home—the toilet. If you’ve got some of those older high-consumption toilets, you should consider converting them to low-flow toilets. A toilet, like this one, is a great addition to any home. The average toilet in the US uses about 1.5 gallons per flush. These low-flow toilets, though, use about 1.2 gallons. Some toilets use even less water. Pressure-assisted toilets are a great option to consider. While pressure-assisted toilets may have a higher price tag, they pack a bigger punch flush-wise. These pressure-assisted toilets use pressurized air to flush, so they require much less water; some even use less than a gallon.
Sometimes, your refrigerator, washing machine, or dishwasher may leak. If you’ve noticed an uptick in your water bill, be sure to inspect connections and around the base of each appliance. You can buy a leak detector to alert you when water is leaking. It’s a good idea to check all of your appliances at least once a month for possible leakage.
Many sink faucets already have an aerator installed, but if yours doesn’t, get one. An aerator acts by adding air to the stream to help reduce water consumption. Additionally, aerators are a cheap and efficient way to increase water pressure at the faucet.
Turn Off The Shower When Bathing
When you’re lathering up the soap in the shower, consider turning off the water. The average shower uses about 2 gallons of water a minute. So, if it takes you three minutes to wash up, that’s six gallons of savings! If you don’t want to cut the water each time, you can always use a low-flow shower head to cut the flow by half.
Give The Pros A Call
Sometimes, there may be nothing else you can do to cut down on water use. If you’ve checked your appliances, installed low-flow toilets and fixtures, you may have something more going on. In some cases, you may have a serious leak where you can’t see. Sometimes, these leaks are under the house, in the walls, or in the basement. Many times, it’s a leak that is a slow drip over months or even years. Give Drain Express a call, and we can come to take a look! You’d be surprised how much water that slow drip will use.