You might not even think twice about cutting corners when it comes to your water bill, but it doesn’t have to stay as high as it is now. Below are a handful of ways to cut down on that dreaded water bill.
Shut off the water while brushing your teeth. This may be the most commonly overlooked mistake… don’t do it! The water is of no use while you’re brushing your teeth, and should be shut off as soon as the brush hits your teeth.
Get a cup of water for your razor. Running the faucet while shaving is another way to send your hard earned money down the drain. Fill up a cup of hot water and keep it next to you to clean your razor off.
Shorter your showers. Most of us enjoy a relaxing shower either in the morning, the end of the day, or even both. An average shower uses nearly 5 gallons of water per every minute. By shortening your shower by only 2 minutes, you can use 10 less gallons of water during each shower. Using less gallons translate into less numbers on your water bill, which is something we all want to see. Often times, this process takes longer than is actually needed. Focus on using the shower as a means to simply get clean, rather than lingering to wind down.
Utilize the dishwasher. Contrary to what you might believe, using the dishwasher, rather than hand washing dishes uses 1/6 less water. Naturally, if using a dishwasher is not an option for you, turn off the water in between rinses as you scrub.
Run full loads. By properly arranging your dishes in the dishwasher, you can get the most out of your load. If you run it each time it’s completely full, you cut down on the amount of times it unnecessarily uses your water. Similarly, running full loads of dirty clothes will get you the most bang for your buck.
Think ahead… with each of these tips on their own or combined, you will certainly see results of a lower water bill over time. Thinking of each dollar you save per month will result in a nice sum of extra savings at the end of the year. Being mindful of how often and how much water you use will benefit your savings account each year.
If, however, you discover an increase in your water bill, this could be a potential leak and should be evaluated as soon as possible. At Graydon Faulstick Plumbing, we are prepared to assist you in your plumbing needs. For assistance, you can reach us at 570-992-0447 or 610-381-4171 for more information.