5 Quick Ways to Reduce Your Water Bill Now
Are you looking for ways to reduce your utility bills? Owning a home can be expensive especially when you need to make repairs or want to remodel. These extra costs on top of your mortgage, taxes, energy bills, and water can rack up unexpected expenses!
While some of your home costs are fixed, the good news is, you can control your water usage. Although your water bill is most likely not your most expensive utility bill, it’s the easiest one to make changes that can add up to a significant amount of savings each year.
Here at NewBath Alabama, we want to help you keep more money in your pocket. That’s why we’ve put together the top tips you can use to reduce your water bill. By implementing these tips, you can start saving today!
Tip #1: Take quicker showers and less-full baths
By reducing your shower time, you can save money. Even one or two minutes can lead to impressive savings. Some people even opt for the “Navy” shower where they turn the water off while they wash their body and then they turn it back on to rinse off. We also recommend you use a low-flow showerhead and turn off any supplemental showerheads in the shower stall.
Tip #2: Don’t let the water run while you brush teeth
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates leaving the water running while brushing your teeth wastes an average of four gallons each time. This means that in a four-person household, that’s 32 gallons of water wasted when each person brushes twice each day!
Tip #3: Turn off the water while soaping up dishes
Washing dishes by hand is the best way to conserve water. We recommend, when you wash your dishes, don’t leave the water on while rinsing. Instead, if you have two sinks, use one for washing and fill the other with water for rinsing. If you do use the dishwasher, you can still save water. Make sure you only run the dishwasher on full loads.
Tip #4: Wash clothes when you have full loads
Did you know, washing machines use the same level of energy no matter the load. You can save lots of money by filling your washing machine up. Also, if you have a water level option on your washing machine, use it!
Tip #5: Efficiently water your lawn – Turn on the sprinklers only when needed
The best time to water your lawn is between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Watering in the afternoon is inefficient since water is lost due to evaporation and wind. Keep in mind your city may have water restrictions. Check the law before making a watering schedule.
A few other ways to reduce your water bill:
Fix leaky faucets — Just one leaky faucet can waste over 20 gallons of water a day. If you suspect your pipes are in need of repair, get them checked by a professional plumber.
Insulate pipes — If you have pipes on the exterior walls of your home, get them insulated. Doing this will decrease the time you need to run the water to get it warm. Non-insulated pipes allow heat loss while transferring the water to your faucets.
Use high-efficiency toilets — Also known as water-saving toilets, these toilets can significantly conserve water and provide water savings. Dual-flush toilets offer additional savings by providing two flushing options: full- flush or half-flush.
Replace showerheads and faucet aerators — Low flow showerheads and sink aerators are great ways to reduce water flow. The current standard for low flow showerheads is 2.5 gpm at 80 psi. Some low flow showerheads deliver only 1.6 gpm. Faucet aerators are tiny screens that decrease the amount of water flowing out of the faucet. On average, 700 gallons of water per year can be saved by using faucet aerators according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Cut down on dishwasher use — Only run the dishwasher when it is fully loaded with dishes. Avoid using the pre-wash cycle, as this uses additional water. If you need a new dishwasher, purchase an Energy Star qualified dishwasher.
There are many ways you can conserve water at home and lower your water bill. Many of these tips involve changing your water usage habits. Another plus of reducing water consumption is it benefits the environment by alleviating pressures on our sewage and drainage systems.