When it comes to home ownership, one of the most important goals is to save money in any way possible. Saving money is actually a lot easier than you may expect; there are simple steps that you can take to easily reduce your utility bills, especially the dreaded water bill. Did you know that running the water while brushing your teeth wastes at least 4 gallons of water? That’s right, something as small as brushing your teeth can really add up to that much wasted water, that’s why we’ve compiled these easy tips to help you master your water conservation skills!
Water Conservation at Home
- FIX THOSE LEAKS!
- Leaky faucets and pipes can waste over 2,700 gallons of water each year. That astronomical number could be easily reduced so long as people take the time to repair any leaks present in their homes. Fixing a leaking pipe or faucet can range from simple repairs that you can take into your own hands, to complex plumbing jobs that require a professional, either way the water and money you’ll save in the long run will make a big impact on the environment and most importantly, your wallet!
- TURN THE FAUCET OFF!
- We know it’s a little silly to tell you to turn the faucet off, but believe it or not, you may be leaving your faucet running when there really is no need to. Turn the faucet off while you carry out these everyday tasks: brushing your teeth, washing dishes, and cleaning. Rather than leaving water running as you brush your teeth, only turn it on when you need to rinse. To cut back on water and expenses fill a wash basin with soapy water to use as you scrub your dishes, then only turn the water on to rinse.
- REUSE GREY WATER
- Grey water (fairly clean waste water from baths, sinks, washing machines, etc.) has many uses. It can be reused to water plants, clean, and you can even reroute the runoff from appliances like your clothes washer or dishwasher, and use that water for tasks such as flushing your toilet.
- SHORTER SHOWERS = SMALLER BILLS
- We’re all a fan of putting on concert performances while scrub-a-dubbing in the tub, but after the second and third encore, you’ve probably used at least 40 gallons of water over the span of just a 10 minute shower. Try taking shorter showers or even skipping a shower a day or two out of the week to cut back.
- INSULATE PIPES
- Another simple and easy way to reduce your water bill is to insulate your pipes. Insulation is cheap and easy to fix around your pipes, and a little insulation can go a long way. With insulated pipes, the wait time for your shower or sink water to warm up is cut in half thus wasting less water than would have been used if you had to wait for your non-insulated pipes to warm up.
We hope these simple steps will help you get well on your way to saving water and money! After reading this we’re sure you’re a water conservation expert, but if you have any questions regarding the water usage in your property or any water damage concerns, please feel free to give us a call anytime at (267) 728-4054. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at your convenience.