Most people are interested in ways to save money on their water bills, so it’s good to learn how to perform some simple home maintenance and repair projects that will help you get started. Changing water usage habits takes a concerted effort by every household member. Conservation techniques can seriously lower your monthly charges, but it may take time for a household to adapt. However, you can take some steps that will lower your water bill immediately.
Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, showers account for 16.8 percent of the average household’s daily water use. Switching to a low-flow showerhead is an inexpensive, simple procedure. Once complete, the shower will no longer use 2.5 gallons per minute – the standard amount for traditional shower heads. Low-flow showerheads only use 2 gallons or less per minute. Besides using less water, a low-flow showerhead will also cut down on energy use. Less hot water used means less energy expended on heat. Over the course of a year, this adjustment can save the average household $70, paying for the cost of the product and then some.
Repair Running Toilets and Leaking Faucets
The EPA estimates that homeowners could regain 10 percent of their water bill by repairing running toilets and faucet leaks. Throughout the United States, 10 percent of home plumbing systems waste at least 90 gallons daily. When a toilet continues to run, it is normally due to a worn-out rubber flapper. This part is inexpensive to purchase and will include installation instructions. Dripping faucets usually occur when mineral deposits build up or washers and O-rings deteriorate inside the feature. If your plumbing expertise is insufficient to quickly repair the leak, a plumber can offer speedy assistance with either of these common water-wasting problems.
Add Insulation to Hot Water Pipes
Simply slipping insulation coverings on your hot water pipes can reduce waste and save on your electric bill. Insulation can raise water temperature 2 to 4 degrees. If it takes less time to heat water before a shower or when washing dishes, you will not have to leave the faucet running as long beforehand.
Purchase Energy-Efficient Appliances
Purchasing Energy Star certified appliances are a solid investment and a sure way to cut down on water bills. According to Energy Star, their certified washing machines use only 10 to 20 gallons of water each load. A noncertified washing machine uses 30 gallons or more. According to the organization, dishwashers over 10 years old waste $35 per year. An Energy Star certified dishwasher will save homeowners 1,600 gallons throughout its life cycle.
Follow these helpful guidelines when working to save money on your water bill, and contact Captain Plumbing for all professional plumbing repairs and expert appliance installation.