While your water bill may not be the highest thing you pay monthly, there are certain water inefficiencies that can cost hundreds of dollars annually. From leaky faucets and pipes to old appliances, here are five changes that you can make to save money on your water bill.
1. Install Water Aerators on Sink Faucets
Water aerators are inexpensive, easy to install and prevent you from wasting excess sink water. Their mesh-like screen creates a smooth, controlled stream of water as it flows out of the faucet so that water only lands on your toothbrush, hands, dishes, or whatever else you have directly underneath the faucet. Consider installing a water aerator to get that faucet under control.
2. Repair or Replace Leaky Pipes and Faucets
Leaky pipes and faucets may seem like minor inconveniences but the amount of wasted water can really add up. Along with wasted water, other damages may occur because of water damage. Mold, damaged drywall, and damaged furniture are all things you may need to fix if your water leak goes on fixed for too long.
Here are some things to look out for to know if you may have a leak:
- Unusually high water bills
- Cracks in pavement or tiles
- Damp wallpaper or water spots
- Sounds of water trickling behind walls, ceilings, and under cabinets
- Drops in water pressure
If you want to know for sure whether you have a leak in your home or not, you can always call John Moore at (713) 597-7200 for a plumbing inspection.
3. Install Sprinklers with Rain Sensors
Rain sensors will automatically skip a sprinkler cycle if they detect rainfall or moisture in your yard. No need to pay to water your yard when nature has you covered for free!
4. Get Low-Flush or Dual-Flush Toilets
You might be surprised to learn how much water people flush down the drain. Older toilets flush about 3.6 gallons per flush, and the average person flushes about 18.8 gallons per day. That means the average family of four flushes over 27,000 gallons of water a year if their home has traditional toilets.
A low-flush toilet that flushes about 1.5 gallons per flush could help you save thousands of gallons of water a year, which will have an impact on your water bill. Dual flush toilets can help you save even more by letting you flush the appropriate amount of water for either liquid or solid waste.
5. Replace Your Washers with Energy Efficient Models
In 2012, new efficiency standards were implemented for washing machines and dishwashers that vastly reduced water use and improved quality. Front-load washing machines, in particular, are more efficient than top-loading washers, which use more than twice as much water! When you are looking for a new washing machine or appliance, look for the Energy Star® logo!
Let John Moore Help You Save This Summer!
If you’re interested in making some water-saving renovations, give us a call at (713) 597-7200 or set up an appointment online.