Many people are now more conscious of their water use and how it can affect the environment. But, using less water is also great for your bank account too, and saving water is far easier than you might imagine. In this article, we will look at four tips that you can use to easily save money on your next water bill.
- Make the Most of Your Dishwasher
This may seem like strange advice, after all, a dishwasher uses water, and we’re trying to save as much water as possible. But, it’s important to realize that a dishwasher is a pretty water efficient way to wash dishes compared to washing them by hand. In fact, a typical dishwasher load may only use 5 gallons of water compared to 27 gallons if you hand wash the same number of dishes. If you want to get the most out of your dishwasher use, an Energy Star rated machine to save energy and make sure the dishwasher is full to make the best use of that 5 gallons of water.
- Check Your Water Heater
A warm shower is a great way to get clean and relax, but if it’s taking a long time for your water to heat up, this can be extremely wasteful. Remember that you’re paying for all the water that goes drain as you wait for the water to get warm enough. In some cases, a water heater can be repaired easily by draining and cleaning the tank to remove scale. But, a new water heater is a sound investment, and it’s not as cost prohibitive as you might think. If you’re experiencing water heater problems contact your local certified plumber for expert help and advice.
- Use the Local Car Wash
Washing your car is a great way to protect the car paint that prevents corrosion. A car needs regular washing all year round for remove materials, such as salt, bird poop, tree sap, and dirt, that can all damage your car paint. If you wash your vehicle at home, you could use as much as 100 gallons of water each time washing and rinsing with a hose. At your local car wash, you may have to pay, but they will be using recycled water, and this may save you money.
- Check Your Home for Leaks
It’s worth taking some time to check your home for plumbing leaks where you could be losing water. A plumbing leak could occur anywhere in your plumbing system, and they can be tricky to locate. But, there are some methods that anyone can use to locate a water leak without formal plumbing training. Check your faucets to see if they are dripping, search for puddles and damp patches under sinks and check your water meter to see how much water you’ve been using lately. If you turn the mains valve off and the water meter is still moving you may have a water leak somewhere in your home.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.