Follow this Complete Guide and Enjoy Extra Savings on Your Water Bill
If we were to tell you that your family probably use 300 gallons of water every day, would you be able to find a few places where you could reduce that use to save money on your water bills?
We bet you probably could, but to help you out, today we’re going to talk about four simple things you can start doing today to enjoy extra savings on your water bills here in Beverly, MA.
Forget About the Bath
Everybody loves a good bath now and again, but water-conscious families should stick to showering for their daily bathing needs. When it comes to saving water, the best thing you can do is switch to showers, install a water-smart shower head, set a five-minute time limit for showers, and encourage your family members to turn off the water when they're lathering up. By adopting these simple habits, you could cut water use by 60 gallons per wash, because whereas a bathtub uses 70 gallons, a water-smart shower will only use 10.
Call the Experts as Soon as You Detect a Leak
Did you know that a simple faucet leak that drips once per second can waste almost 2,000 gallons of water each year? That’s enough for 200 water-smart showers! When you really want to save money on your water bills, it’s essential that you perform regular leak inspections, and fix the issue or call the experts as soon as you find a problem. Once every month or two, check your water meter reading and then stop using the water for at least two hours. When the time is up, check the meter reading again. If the reading is different from before, either call in the pros or inspect all your toilets, faucets, showerheads, and visible pipes for leaks.
Make Use of Professional Car Washes
After a long winter, sometimes you'll take any excuse to get out of the house for a while to enjoy the sunshine, even if that means washing your car when it’s not even dirty. But washing your car this way wastes a great deal of water, with each wash using about 100 gallons. If you do this regularly, that’s going to add up. Instead, take your car to a professional car wash, because they’ll use a fraction of the water and properly recycle the soap used in the process.
Save Water from the Kitchen and Bathroom to Use in the Garden
Americans use an average of 210 gallons of water every day in the house, and about 135 gallons of these could actually be diverted into the garden and recycled. For instance, when you boil a pot of water to make pasta, chances are you dump the water down the drain when the pasta is cooked.
But instead of throwing the water away, you could actually set it aside, let it cool, and use it to water your plants or your lawn. The same is true of other greywater (gently used water that hasn’t come into contact with pathogens, sewage, or waste), including water from the sinks, tubs, showers, washing machine, and even dishwasher.
Saving water around the house will result in major reductions in your water bills, but it will also help contribute to a greener planet. There are many reasons why we should all take steps to reduce water use, and having more money in the bank at the end of the year is definitely one of the major benefits. With these four simple tips, you'll be well on your way to water conservation and a fatter wallet.