If you’re trying to save money on your utility bills, a good place to start is with your water use. Even small water-saving steps can lead to significant savings every year. Here are four tricks to save water and lower your water bill.
1. Repair Plumbing Leaks to Lower Your Water Bill
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, plumbing leaks in the average household waste about 10,000 gallons of water every year. And 10 percent of homes waste 90 gallons of water or more per day in leaks. Dripping faucets and worn-out toilet flappers are frequent sources of leaks. Fixing plumbing leaks can help you lower your water bill and save as much as 10 percent.
2. Switch to Low-Flow Showerheads
Another way to lower your water bill is to be conscious of showering. Showering accounts for up to 17 percent of indoor water use. Installing a low-flow showerhead will save you as much as 2,900 gallons of water each year, according to the EPA. You should also take shorter showers to save water. Reducing your time in the shower by just four minutes can save up to 4,000 gallons of water per year.
3. Take Advantage of Your Dishwasher
Hand-washing your dishes uses more water than your dishwasher. A dishwasher uses an average of six gallons of water per wash cycle, while hand-washing uses up to two gallons of water per minute. By using your dishwasher, you’ll save two to four gallons of water per load. For maximum savings, make sure your dishwasher is fully loaded before you run it.
4. Install Aerators On Faucets
An aerator is easily attached to the bottom of your faucet. It will reduce the flow of water without lowering the water pressure. Installing aerators on your faucets can save hundreds of gallons of water each year. This will help you lower your water bill immensely.
Bay Area Plumbing offers a wide range of plumbing services throughout the Tampa Bay area, including 24/7 emergency service. Whether you have a leak or you’d like to upgrade to water-saving appliances, we’re here to help. Contact us for all of your plumbing needs.