4 Ways You’re Losing Money on Your Water Bill
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When it comes to saving money, there are many areas of household expenses that are overlooked. One of those is the water bill. However, it’s often easier than homeowners assume to trim down a bloated water bill. While there’s no way to shop around for a different provider, cutting down on unnecessary water waste often takes just a few hours. Resulting savings of even just $10 a month could add up to more than $100 a year.
1. Leaking Faucets
Leaky faucets are often viewed as more of an annoyance than a money-wasting drain on resources. However, steady drips from multiple faucets quickly add to your monthly bill. Making a few adjustments to the cartridges of the leaking faucets can help stop the drip, providing both quiet and a lower water bill. More repairs or new bathroom and kitchen faucets may be needed if the drips are persistent.
2. Inefficient Shower Heads
Even if the shower heads aren’t leaking, they often use more water than necessary to create a comfortable spray. Standard shower heads use up to 6 gallons of water per minute, while a low-flow shower head tends to use as little as 1.5 gallons per minute. Even rain shower heads and other luxury types are available in water-saving designs.
3. Hidden Pipe Leaks
Leaks from pipes that run through the walls or ceiling cavities may be obvious due to the dark marks and mold growth. But what about when a pipe leaks deep under the house where the water runs away without any noticeable signs? These hidden leaks can add up to huge charges and aren’t always easy to pinpoint. Turning off every fixture, faucet and appliance can reveal hidden leaks if the water meter keeps adding up.
4. Hand-Washing Dishes
It’s a common misconception that washing dishes by hand is an eco-friendly practice compared to using a dishwasher. However, today’s dishwashers are far more efficient and tend to use a fraction of the water consumed for hand-washing. Stick to washing only delicate and non-stick surfaces by hand, and use the dishwasher for everything else. Of course, the energy and water savings only come from running full loads, not partial loads of dishes.
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With a few updates to the home and attention to leaks, water bills quickly drop for long-term savings. Find new leak-free faucets and low-flow shower heads here at Kingston Brass to give the entire home a water-smart makeover. No remodel is complete without a thought to reducing long-term costs.