The summer months are the time when homeowners experience the highest water bills. At the same time, many homeowners are also seeking ways to conserve water usage in and around the home. This way, they can still have an enjoyable summer while reducing water costs.
Fortunately, lowering water costs in your home is easier than you think. Sometimes you have to spend a little money to save money. In the long run, the initial cost will quickly pay for itself.
How To Lower Your Water Bill During The Summer
In this article, we discuss some tips on how to lower your water bill this summer.
How Old Are Your Bathroom Toilets?
We often don’t think about it. If you have an old toilet, you’re flushing money down the drain along with too much water. Today’s toilets use a fraction of the water than models from 10 or 15 years ago. Furthermore, if you have an even older toilet, the difference will even be greater. New toilets only use 1.8 gallons of water per flush. You can even find toilets that will use a smaller amount for liquid waste and a larger amount for solid waste.
When shopping for a new toilet, make sure that you find one with the EPA’s WaterSense label. These toilets provide the greatest amount of water conservation and savings on your bill per flush.
Evaluate Other Water Fixtures
As you evaluate the age of the toilets in your home, do the same with other water fixtures. Start with showerheads. Older models are inefficient, using much more water than is needed during your shower. Replacing the showerheads in your bathrooms can reduce the water flow by as much as 50%, but they won’t reduce the comfort or the water coverage during your shower.
Showering can account for as much as 17% of your home’s water usage per day, a percentage that can go even higher when the weather is hot and humid. When you consider that the low-flow showerheads use no more than two gallons of water per minute, that’s a lot of water and potential savings to be had.
Similarly, take a look at all of your faucets. Installing aerators on each one will have the same sort of effect on the amount of water you use. You and your family won’t feel a difference in comfort when washing hands. However, you’ll save a lot of money by allowing less water to go down the drain. You won’t notice the difference because as the aerator permits less water to go through the faucet, it increases pressure at the same time. Therefore, the feeling on your skin is the same.
Alter Your Bathroom Habits To Save Water & Money
Don’t let modern conveniences do all of the work; add to your savings by altering your bathroom habits. Cutting your time in the shower, even by two or three minutes, will reduce the number of gallons each time you wash. At the same time, if you tend to leave the faucet running when you brush your teeth or shave, turn the water off after you start. You can always turn the faucet on and off as needed.
Call A Plumber To Fix All Of The Water Leaks In Your Home
Water leaks in pipes and water appliances can creep up on homeowners. If you notice a sudden, unexplained increase in your water bill, you could have a leak hidden somewhere in your plumbing system. Even tiny leaks can contribute to an incredible loss of water. Keep an eye on older pipes and fixtures as these are the most prone to failure. If you suspect you have a leak or need help with selecting a new toilet or showerhead, the professionals at Robinson Plumbing will be happy to provide advice.
For reliable plumbing services, contact Robinson Plumbing, one of the Lehigh Valley’s most trusted plumbing companies.
Our plumbing services range from sewer line repairs, water leak detection and repairs, clogged drains, to the installation of water-efficient plumbing fixtures. For any plumbing repairs that you may require, we always offer a wide range of solutions whenever possible. This way, you can choose the option that works best for your budget and family.
We are proud to offer the best and most affordable plumbing services in the area. All of our plumbers have the proper licenses and experience to ensure your satisfaction. All of our work is guaranteed. Call Robinson Plumbing today to schedule a free estimate.