Your water bill can get high, especially if you have a lawn, garden, or other landscaped plants that require regular watering. Likewise, your water bill can quickly balloon if you have a family and don’t pay attention to the little things. In this article, we’ll cover 5 ways to conserve water and save money at home.
Get Water-Saving Showerheads
Showers account for almost 20% of your indoor water consumption. Instead of taking a bath or shorter showers, installing a water-saving showerhead can save water and still allow you to enjoy the showers you love. There are a number of inexpensive showerheads on the market with flow restrictors. These can cut the flow rate from 10 gallons a minute to roughly 3 gallons a minute.
Cut Out the Running Water
A lot of us have the habit of letting the water faucet run when we’re not using it. The only time a faucet should be continually running is when you are washing your hands. When you brush your teeth, shave, or washing dishes, you don’t need to have the faucet on the entire time. If you’re shaving, try filling the sink up with water and rinsing your razor as you go. If you’re washing dishes fill one sink up with water for washing and leave the other one open for rinsing.
Soak Your Lawn
Everyone loves a beautiful green lawn. However, keeping it green can take a lot of water. Deep-soaking your lawn by watering it long enough to get to the roots will keep you from having to water your lawn more often. To check if your grass needs more moisture just step on it. If it springs back up when you step off, the lawn is good and does not need to be watered.
Using a dishwasher can be a great way to cut water costs if done strategically. The same goes for your laundry washing machine. Washing your dishes and laundry only when you have full loads helps cut down on your water consumption in a major way. A dishwasher uses around 20 gallons of water per cycle, and washing machines use about 30 gallons.
Find and Repair Leaks
Leaks are a great way to inflate your water bill and waste water. Leaks waste water 24/7 so it’s important to track them down and fix them. A toilet leak can waste over 100 gallons of water in one day and it’s not always obvious if you have one. To check for a toilet leak, try putting drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. If the coloring ends up in the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak that needs to be repaired.
Likewise, leaking pipes can waste at least 50 gallons of water in one day, even if it’s just a minor drip. Dishwashers are notorious leakers as well. Outdoor leaks can be the most costly because they can affect your main water line. A professional plumber is your best source to find and repair leaks.
Need Help Finding and Replacing a Leaky Pipe?
Top of the Line Plumbing provides plumbing services to Duval County, St. Johns County, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, and the surrounding areas. We can help you conserve water and save money by identifying leaky pipes in your home. There isn’t a plumbing job too big or too small for our team to handle. From repairs and repiping to hydro jetting and water filtration, Top of the Line has the experts to get the job done.