It is always challenging to try to keep pace with the rising cost of living. Often, utility costs rise a few dollars here and there, which doesn’t seem too bad until homeowners pull out an old water bill and realize they are paying substantially more for their water than in years past. What can individuals do to try to keep their water bill increases to a minimum?
- If you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing system, it is essentially money down the drain, especially if the leak has escalated to the point where you hear a steady drip, drip, drip or you have to set a bucket under the leaking area. Contact a plumber to repair the issue and stop those dollars from going down the drain.
- Consider installing low-flow faucet and shower heads in your sinks and bathtubs. People often don’t realize how much water they waste just from the water running through their kitchen faucet as they wash and prepare vegetables or as they simply wash their hands. Especially for families, allowing water that is essentially unused to flow down the drain, really adds up on your water bills.
Low-flow faucets and shower heads come in two styles. Aerating types mix air with the water, reducing the amount of water used while keeping a steady, full spray. Since air is mixed with the water, the mixture can cool down a bit as it nears the shower floor. Non-aerated faucets and shower heads do not mix air with the water flow. With these shower heads, the water flow pulses, providing somewhat of a massaging effect.
- If appliances such as your dishwasher, water heater, or washing machine have seen better days, consider replacing them with new, energy-efficient models.
Contact us to learn more about how to save money on your water bills and to see if new equipment is right for you.