It’s easy to take water for granted - at least until the bill comes. The good news is there are several ways you can decrease the amount you have to pay for water.
• Check for leaks – Turn off all water using devices insuring none are dripping. Check the position of your water meter. Wait 15 minutes then check your meter again. If it hasn’t moved you can feel assured you have no leaks. If your meter has moved, a leak exists somewhere. Now you just have to find it.
• Locate leaks - check hose connections, faucets, shower heads, toilets for water leaks. Make sure to check all pipes that are accessible. If a leak exists have it fixed as soon as possible
• Find unseen leaks – If you’ve checked every every accessible potential source for a leak and have found nothing yet your meter is still moving with everything turned off you may have an underground leak. Call a plumber to see if this is the case.
• Check the amount of water you are using for your lawn – Most States have water conservation programs that provide recommendations regarding how much water should be used for watering purposes per month. Check the amount you are using based on the amount listed on your bill and this amount to the recommended usage guidelines. Adjust water usage to match the recommendations.
• Change shower heads – Change all your showerheads to low flow showerheads. These shower heads can reduce water usage in the shower by 50%-70% and decrease the amount of energy needed to heat the water as well.
• Shorter showers – Aim for 5 minute showers instead of 15-20 minutes.
• Faucet Aerators – Aerators reduce water flow without reducing water pressure so you won’t even notice the difference.
• Turn off water when brushing or shaving - Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving. Turn it on only when you will be actually using the water to rinse your mouth or face.
• Replace toilet flapper – replace your toilet flappers once a year even if they say they last longer. A few dollars a year per flapper will save you much more than this on your water bill.
As inflation is hitting most Americans hard especially when it comes to utility bills, try these tips for saving money on the amount you pay for water usage each month.