We may not realise it immediately, but our water bills may be racking up some of the highest monthly charges in our household. After all, we use water all the time, and in many cases, waste it. Needless to say, we need to conserve water to lower our water bills, even when we live in an area where water seems abundant. That being said, here are some easy ways to lower your water bills.
Check faucets and pipes for leaks to conserve water
If you have a dripping faucet and you’re not doing anything about it, you are actually wasting 20 gallons of water per day if it’s a small drip, and hundreds of gallons if it’s a large one. That is why it’s very important that you take care of your faucets and pipes, and fix or replace them immediately once they start dripping.
Install low-flow bathroom and kitchen fixtures
Conventional bathroom and kitchen fixtures typically have a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. Super-efficient showerheads and faucets, on the other hand, have much lower flow rates at 1.5 gallons and 0.5 gallons per minute, respectively. Replace your old conventional fixtures and install low-flow bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and you’ll have found one of the best ways to lower your water bills.
Avoid letting the faucet run while watching vegetables
A lot of water is wasted this way. What you need to do to conserve water is fill a stoppered sink or a pan with clean water, and wash the vegetables that way.
Replace old toilets
Your old toilet may still be in perfect working condition, but know that it typically uses up to seven gallons per flush or gpf, which is an awful waste of water no matter how you look at it. New toilets these days conserve water better, as they only use 1.6 gpf. You can even opt for dual-flush toilets that flush liquid waste and solid waste using only 1.1 gpf and 1.6 gpf, respectively.
Take shorter showers
We all love staying in the shower longer than necessary, especially when the water is heated to really pleasurable levels. That, however, jacks up our water consumption too. So in order to conserve water, keep the showers to about four minutes, and use only 20 to 40 gallons of water.
Install a recirculation pump
We typically waste a gallon or more of water waiting for it to get heated. Let’s conserve water by installing a recirculation pump, and we won’t have to wait anymore, as it is designed to boost the pressure in your plumbing system and deliver hot water to the tap almost instantly.
Rinse your razor in the sink
Many people use running water to rinse off their razors, but they end up wasting gallons of precious water that way. A much better alternative would be to fill the sink with a few inches of warm water, and you will be able to rinse your razor and conserve water at the same time.
Buy a high-efficiency dishwasher and washing machine
To conserve water, buy dishwashers that offer an economy mode, allow you to make adjustments to the temperature and water levels and skip the pre-rinse cycle. The same goes for front-loading washing machines that have “suds-saver” water usage controls, options for cycle adjustment and cold-water use.
When you make an effort to conserve water, keep in mind that you are not just trying to find ways to lower your water bills. It also happens to be good for the planet, your family and your community, so start finding ways to conserve water and do your part in helping the environment while saving a lot of money.