Our water bills can be expensive — and with good reason. With as many as 2.5 billion people throughout the world who don’t have access to clean water and sanitation services, water is a precious resource that we need to conserve. However, there are ways to save money on water utility bills in the United States, and much of that starts in your home’s bathroom, where over half of your home’s water is used. Kitchen and laundry water use also play a big role in reducing your family’s water consumption. If you want to learn ways to conserve water and save money in your home, read on for more advice.
1. Keep an eye on how you use water in your bathroom. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving instead of leaving it running; running taps waste approximately six liters of water in a single minute. Also, take shorter showers rather than baths, if possible, in order to conserve water. For small children, bathe them together and only fill the tub halfway to save water.
2. Pay attention to kitchen and laundry appliances, too. Dishwashers and washing machines should only be used if there is a full load, if possible, as smaller washing loads tend to use more water than necessary. Wash dishes and clothing by hand when possible. Using water and energy efficient appliances can also save you money and, in some cases, offer you a tax break.
3. Get your plumbing checked regularly, especially if you notice any drips or leaks. Although a dripping faucet may only lose a drop of water at a time, it can waste thousands of liters of water over the course of a year. Leaky pipes can also waste water and may cause more serious problems for your home, such as mold growth and dry rot.
4. Upgrade your bathroom fixtures. One of the biggest money savers is switching to water efficient toilets in order to limit clean water and wastewater usage. Water efficient toilets, sometimes referred to as “low flow toilets,” use less water in the bowl. They also require less water to flush but use maximum flushing power through pressure assistance, which relies on pressurized air rather than the force of water. Changing faucets and shower fixtures in your bathroom to more efficient models can also save you money.
By saving water through good practices and water efficient toilets and faucets, your family can save money throughout the year — as much as $100 or more. If you think water saving toilets and fixtures are right for your family, be sure to contact a qualified installation service. Go green by saving water! To learn more, read this: www.mansfieldplumbing.com