Saving Money On Your Water Bill
Are your home maintenance costs rising through the roof? Here are seven easy ways to get ahead of your water consumption before you’re stuck with your bill. In addition, dealing with small maintenance issues as they arise will prevent huge replacement and repair costs down the line. We want to arm you with knowledge you need to be your own, in-home expert.
Here are seven simple ways to lower your water bill:
Install low flow water heads – This is a cheap and easy way to save a big chunk of change on your next water bill. These do not decrease water pressure, but just push water through an aerator so you use significantly less of it. Change out your shower heads and sink heads with these easily, usually tools are not needed just screw off the old one, and screw on the new one. Head to your local hardware store to look at affordable options. Or, call us, the pros, and we’ll handle it for you!
Change toilet flapper annually – If you hear your toilet water running in your bathroom, you probably have a leaky toilet flapper. To avoid this, change your toilet flapper annually. This will ensure that no water is leaking into the bowl, saving you money on gallons of wasted water over time. Available at any home improvement or hardware store, a universal toilet flapper will almost always be under $10 – and no tools required.
Shorter showers, no baths – Impose this rule on your household! Not only does showering save money on water, but it also helps the environment by reducing your usage. Annually, this will cause a dramatic decrease in your bill by saving thousands of gallons of water!
Use your dishwasher, don’t hand wash – This one seems counterintuitive, but really, dishwashers today know how to effectively and efficiently clean dishes using far less water than we do when we hand-wash. Not to mention wasted water waiting for hot water to come out of the tap before you get started. Energy efficient washers typically use about 33% of the water hand washing requires.
Only wash full loads in dishwasher and clothing washer – This seems like a no-brainer, maximize the use you get out of each load by making sure you only start the machines once they’re full. It will save you money and help the environment. These washing machines use 20-40 gallons of water per load, meaning that each load should be planned accordingly so each gallon is being used to the fullest. Try having one set day a week for laundry, combining loads for the household, and only running the dishwasher once a day at maximum.
Install Point-of-Use hot water heater – Think back to how long you’ve had to wait for the water to heat up each and every time you shower using a standard water heater. It probably amounts to a lot of time, right? Cut back on this by installing a point-of-use water heater. This runs the water through its heating system and pumps it to where you need it, when you need it. Typically, these water heaters are 40% more energy efficient, and last years longer than standard water heaters.
Turn off water you aren’t using, conserve when possible – The way we consume water in this country is unique to most of the world. In other countries, people try to conserve water by only flushing solid waste down the toilet and only using the water as needed – i.e. turning off the faucet when shaving or brushing teeth.
Water plants using a soaker hose – Instead of your usual garden sprinkler, try using a soaker hose with small holes in it to slowly saturate the ground around your plants. This will ensure you water what you intend to and not waste water on the surrounding area. These hoses are easy to find any any home improvement store, usually for no more than $20.
Here at THA Heating, Air, & Plumbing, we know that it can be difficult to get ahead of the rising costs of home maintenance. We want to simplify your plumbing experience by giving you access to reliable, reasonable plumbing work, as well as boost your personal knowledge. If you’re located in San Diego, call us at (858) 571-8865 to schedule your next repair, install, or anything else in between today!