With the weather getting warmer, the water bill might soon be on the rise. Water usage generally peaks in summer, so getting it under control in spring could help homeowners save money. Here are some tips to reduce water usage:
- Check for Leaks
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average household can leak more than 10,000 gallons of water a year. Toilets can make up a large portion of that. Check the toilet for leaks as well as all of the faucets in the house. Leaks don’t seem like they are causing much harm, but they could be significantly increasing the water bill without homeowners realizing it.
- Skip the Bath
Try to encourage everyone in the home to take quick showers instead of baths. Bathtubs can use up quite a bit of water, and if more than one person is taking a bath each day, it adds up quickly. When taking showers, try to trim down the time to the length of a song.
- Don’t Leave Water Running
While brushing teeth or washing dishes, turn the water off. Instead of leaving the water running while doing the dishes, fill up the sink with soapy water so it doesn’t constantly run.
- Run Full Loads
When it comes to the dishwasher and washing machine, running either of them if they aren’t full is a waste of water. Make sure each is completely full before running a cycle. If a particular dish or clothing item is needed, wash it by hand instead.
- Car Washes
While washing the car, fill up a bucket and use a nozzle that turns off when not in use. This will help reduce the amount of water used when the car is being washed. Or, just take it to a self-wash car wash. They don’t cost more than a couple dollars, and there’s less for homeowners to clean up.
If the water bill starts to spike, look at the consumption and figure out how to reduce it with the tips above. If there’s no reasonable explanation for the spike, there could be a plumbing issue. Call All Star Plumbing and Restoration for help figuring locating the problem.