While your home’s plumbing system and reducing your water bill may not be high on your list of ways to save money, you may be surprised to learn your plumbing is an easy resource for extra money at the end of the year. When it comes to saving water, many people instantly think they will have to make major sacrifices, but you can change your habits and save money, without inconveniencing yourself or your family. These five tips will help cut back on your water use, maximize plumbing, and reduce your water bill:
Reduce Shower Time
By speeding up your shower and slicing off just four minutes of your time in there, you can potentially save nearly 4,000 gallons of water each year. Not only will this save you money on the water bill, but it can also reduce the energy used by the water heater, which reduces energy costs.
Turn the Water Off
Leaving the water running while you are brushing your teeth or even shaving is wasting water. Instead, only turn the water on when you need to rinse the razor or your toothbrush.
Wash Full Loads of Laundry and Dishes
You can reduce the amount of water you use by hundreds of gallons each year if you only run the washing machine and dishwasher when you have full loads.
Install a Showerhead That Features “Low-Flow”
Installing this type of showerhead not only reduces water use while showering up to 50%, but it can also reduce the stress on the plumbing system for the shower.
Install a Low Flush Toilet
Installing a low flush toilet allows you to use about 1.5 gallons of water per flush, which is about 1.5 to 2 gallons less than a standard toilet.
Could a Leak Be the Problem?
If you have been noticing a significant increase in your water bill, it may be the result of a leak. Older homes are especially susceptible to leaks, which can significantly increase the cost of your water bill as well as increase the risk of damages to the plumbing, which may result in flooding. To ensure your home’s plumbing system is operating as it should, consider having routine inspections at least once each year.