We all anticipate higher electric bills during the summer, but what about water bills? Summer is the peak season for water usage in America and depending on where you live, water can account for as much as 50% or more of your monthly utility bill.
Here are some ways you can help conserve water, save on utility bills, and help the planet this summer.
Repair Faucets and Pipes
Hidden leaks within your home lead to high monthly water bills. But how can you tell if you have a leak?
To check if you may have a leak, read the water meter before and after a two-hour period when you are not actively using water. If you notice a change in the reading, there’s a good chance that you have a leak.
Other signs to look out for include:
- High water bills
- Damp walls
- Inconsistent water pressure
If you believe you have a leak in your house, a professional can offer a solution.
Install Water Aerators
A quick and easy way to save water is by installing water aerators on your faucets. Installation is as simple as screwing it into your faucet. One benefit that aerators offer beyond conserving water is that they control splashing from your faucet.
Replace Shower Heads
Save water by installing an affordable low-flow shower head which delivers 2.5 gallons of water per minute. These shower heads require far less water than older models which can use as much as 8 gallons per minute.
Buy Efficient Appliances
If you are in the market for new appliances such as a washing machine or dishwasher, keep an eye out for Energy Star ratings that meet EPA and Department of Energy’s standards. Not only will Energy Star approved appliances save you water, they will also save you money.
Consider replacing your toilet with a low-flush or dual flush system. These models conserve thousands of gallons of water per year while extending the lifespan of your septic systems.
If you don’t want to replace your current toilet, you can also look into repairing any components that might have deteriorated over the years to cause leaks.
If you plan on watering your lawn during the summer, install a sprinkler timer to avoid wasting unnecessary water. Use the timer in the morning so that the water doesn’t evaporate when the sun is overhead. Doing so will keep both your plants and wallet happy. You can also install rain sensors so that the sprinklers won't activate following a rainfall.