7 Tips on How to Lower Your Water Bill This Year
Do you dread opening your water bill? Or are you an eco-conscious citizen looking to reduce your water usage? There are two strategies to lowering your water bill; behavioral or mechanical.
We offer seven tips to reduce your usage and save money on your water bill. Three are behavioral changes that you can apply today, and four are mechanical that you can implement as soon as possible.
Behavioral Changes to Lower Your Water Bill
These three tips are changes you start doing today to reduce your water usage. Once you are in the routine of following these three tips, it’ll become a habit, and you’ll see your water usage reduce.
1. Take Shorter Showers
Even shaving off a couple of minutes per shower can add up to some serious savings! You can reduce your shower by timing how long your shower takes and then reducing that time. One fun way is to set a goal of showering in 2 songs.
2. Run Full Dishwasher Loads
Sometimes it’s tempting to run the dishwasher even if it’s not full. Dishwashers use less water than hand washing, and by not running it with a full load you’re wasting water. Try to always run it when it’s full to maximize its usage.
3. Run Full Washer Loads
This is the same concept as the dishwasher. Run your washer when you have a full load of laundry to reduce the number of loads you’re running each week. This saves water and is a more efficient way to complete your laundry.
Plumbing Updates and Inspections to Save Money on Your Water Bill
These are some appliance changes to think about and research if they’re a good fit for your household. The final tip is important to save water and hassle!
1. Low Flow Shower Heads
Low flow shower heads are still powerful and give you that same shower you enjoy. However, conventional shower heads use approximately 5 gallons per minute while a low flow showerhead only uses approximately 2.5 gallons per minute.
2. Check Your Current Appliances
If you have older appliances, perform a check to make sure they’re running efficiently. When the appliance is running, check your dishwashers, washers, and toilets for any signs of leaks or dripping. Watch faucets for any signs of drips.
3. Switch to Energy Efficient Appliances
Upgrading to energy efficient appliances have an upfront cost but can mean serious savings in money and overall water usage over many years. Once the new appliances are installed, you don’t even have to think about them.
4. Fix Any Leaks Right Away
If you notice a leak anywhere, get it fixed right away by yourself or a professional. Even a small drip from a faucet can add up big time and add dollars to your water bill.
Found a leak and need help? One Hour Rooter is your trusted plumber in the Twin Cities Metro area. Call us at 612-354-8984 if you need help with any plumbing projects.