Three Simple Ways to Lower Your Water Bill
Most of us would be delighted to have a lower water bill each month, but the trick is to lower your expenses without drastically reducing your water use. A lower water bill sounds great; skimping on hot showers, allowing your lawn to dry up, and cutting back on the amount of water you drink doesn’t sound as great.
But is it possible to lower your water bill without depriving yourself of water? Sure! You just have to pay close attention to your plumbing and the fixtures you have around your home. Even if you’re not currently familiar with the plumbing in your home, it doesn’t have to be difficult to make small alterations in the way your plumbing works. Here are five simple ways to lower your water bill.
1) Replace Old Toilets
The toilets that we used in the early 90’s are not the same as the toilets being designed and manufactured today. All technology, especially the things we use every day, becomes more efficient with time. If you live in an older home or haven’t replaced your toilet in several years (or decades), look into what new toilet technology is available. Shopping for a toilet may not be the most thrilling of shopping trips, but when new toilets use only 1.6 gallons of water per flush (gpf) compared to the seven gpf of older models, it’s a necessary errand. Your wallet will thank you.
2) Purchase a High-Efficiency Dishwasher and Washing Machine
First, remember to only run your dishwasher or washing machine when they’re full. They use the same amount of water no matter how full they are, so it makes sense to only run them when absolutely necessary. It’s also smart to run them overnight, after everyone in your family has taken a shower so that you don’t affect the hot water supply.
A high efficiency dishwasher will also let you skip the pre-rinse cycle and offer an economy mode that lets you adjust water amounts and temperature. Similarly, a front-loading washing machine that offers a cold-water option will also save you money. Just look for appliances that offer more than the standard options.
3) Install Low-flow Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures
This is a really simple upgrade that could drastically lower your water bill. Replace conventional fixtures that have a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute with low-flow kitchen and bathroom fixtures that consume less. An efficient showerhead can have a flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute and efficient fixtures can consume 0.5 gallon per minute. Installation is simple too, as you will most likely just have to unscrew old fixtures and replace them with newer ones. If you're not confident doing these tasks get a qualified plumber to help out. There's lots of 24 hour plumbers that love these quick fixits, we recommend Express Plumbing if you're in the Melbourne metro area, their service and pricing is always good.
These are three simple ways to lower your water bill, but you can also explore other options. Consulting a plumber to do an inspection of your pipes is also a good idea, as they can recommend pipe replacement and help you avoid water leaks.
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