If you are looking in in horror at the amount you are being charged by your water supplier each month, then perhaps it’s time to have a think about the way that you use it. The good news is that if you want to reduce your water bill by a considerable amount, there are some simple solutions available for you…
There is an incredible amount of water wastage in the nation’s bathrooms, yet the solutions are so simple. If you are tired of seeing your money go, uite literally, down the drain, then try out some of these methods to see if you can get that water bill reduced by a considerable amount.
1. Repairing Leaks
Leaks in your toilet and/or faucet can waste an incredible amount of water. According to the National Sanitation Foundation, a faucet with a leak can lose anything between 1000 and 2000 gallons of water every year. A toilet, however, can be much more serious: depending on the severity of the leak, it can waste up to 500 gallons every single day!
Check carefully in an around your water taps to see if there is any water leakage – however minimal it looks, get it fixed. You would be surprised how much you can lose when it’s a constant drip. Toilets are a little harder to repair, and may need a plumbing specialist, but to see if you have a leak, just place a dye tablet into the tank and see if any seeps through to the bowl. If it does, something needs to be fixed.
Adjusting your flush can save around 3 gallons of water every time you use it. With this in mind, it’s clear to see that investing in an adjustable flapper will pay for itself in no time, and give you the options of different flushes for different ablutions. It doesn’t cost much, and will save you plenty over time. Also think about changing your toilet to a low-flow version, which saves around 2 gallons more per flush than standard toilets.
You can also consider a fill cycle diverter. These will divert any unused overflow water back into the tank while it is filling, and can typically save you another half-gallon every time you flush. Another simple, no-cost method is to place an empty glass bottle into the tank, which stops it filling up so much.
3. Washing With Water
If you thought that dishwashers used more water than handwashing, you are wrong: they actually use less, as long as you are using them properly. Make sure that every load is full and scrape off your plates well and you will get a great wash every time. Of course, they will need more energy to run, but you can reduce this cost by ensuring your equipment is energy efficient before you buy it.
When it comes to washing yourself, why not give up on those long, hot showers and have a very quick cold one instead? Cold water is better for your skin anyway, and you won’t want to spend too long in there, thus reducing your water – and heating – bill.
4. Drinking Water
Water warms while it is in the pipes, so many people waste gallon after gallon by letting the tap run until they have a suitably cold drink. Instead of this sheer wastage, why not use some empty bottles to fill up and keep in the fridge? Another alternative is to just pop some ice cubes in there.
5. Washing Machine
If you really want to cut down on your water use, then only use the washing machine for full loads. If you find that dirty clothes are stacking up too much, then have a better look at them. DO you really need to throw those jeans in after a single wear?
Make sure your washer is water efficient, too: you can save around three times the amount of wastage as you get with a normal one, so it’s worth investigating if you are about to buy a new one.