If your New Year’s resolution was to save more money, chances are there are a few things you can do around the house to cut down on your monthly water bill. So get your checklist ready, maybe grab a wrench, and then reap the benefits.
Inspect for leaks.
One of the biggest culprits of wasted water comes in the form of a simple water leak. This could be anything from a dripping faucet to a cracked pipe or loose fitting. It’s a great idea to do a visual surveillance of your home’s plumbing at least once a year.
Look for moisture or puddles around pipes, check your faucets and outdoor fixtures for leaks or dribbles, and take a look at the ground around your water heater. Even the smallest leaks can add up over time, so the sooner you get those fixed, the sooner your bill will go down.
Don’t forget the toilet!
If have a toilet that constantly runs, then you are literally flushing your money away (and wasting a lot of water). Check your flapper to see if it is loose or needs to be replaced. This quick fix will cut down on your water consumption and make your home more water-efficient.
In addition to fixing those fixtures, you can also cut down on your water bill by implementing a few water saving techniques into your daily routine, such as:
- Waiting to run the dishwasher until it is completely full
- Washing your clothes in cold water
- Turning off your faucet while brushing your teeth and shaving
- Cut down on garbage disposal use
Are you due for an upgrade?
Modern technology has made machines more efficient than ever. If it is time for an upgrade on your home appliances, then the savings will undoubtedly trickle down to your water bill.
Take this opportunity to look into low-flow toilets, high efficiency washing machines and dishwashers, tankless or point of use water heaters; even installing a low-flow shower head can make a significant impact.
There are a number of simple tips and upgrades you can implement to make your home more efficient and save you money each month. If you have any questions about your home’s plumbing system, or would like to know more about products we recommend, feel free to give us a call!