If your household water consumption is comparable to the average American family’s, you’re paying for approximately 3,000 gallons of water a month per person. Implementing the following strategies to reduce your water bill can help you save money and conserve a valuable, exhaustible resource.
Find and Fix Plumbing Leaks
One running toilet can waste roughly 200 gallons of water per day. Factor in leaking water lines, dripping faucets and shower heads, and it’s easy add up the potential savings of fixing all the plumbing leaks around your home. To get water waste issues dealt with promptly, have a qualified professional perform a periodic inspection of the plumbing system and all fixtures in the home.
Reduce Kitchen and Laundry Water Use
Composting food waste instead of using the garbage disposal can save four gallons of water per minute of run time. Always run the dishwasher full on the most economical setting, and scrape dirty dishes instead of rising them to save about 20 gallons a load. Avoid small loads in the clothes washer as well, since they take twice as much water to wash as full loads.
Avoid Water Waste in the Bathroom
Running the water while shaving or brushing your teeth wastes two gallons a minute, so always shut off the faucet. Taking showers instead of baths saves between 10 and 15 gallons of water. You can conserve even more by placing a bucket in the shower to collect “warm up” water and use it in the garden or for houseplants.
Make Conservation-Focused Upgrades
When it’s time to update toilets, faucets and shower heads, invest in WaterSense products that are certified to curb water usage by approximately 20 percent. In the meantime, take steps to control unnecessary water waste by installing inexpensive low-flow aerators on all the faucets and shower heads to cut flow by about 50 percent. When replacing the clothes washer, dishwasher or water heater, choose the most efficient units available within your budget.
To learn more ways to reduce your water bill this summer, contact the greater Cleveland area home comfort pros at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today.
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