How much water do you use at home? How does that compare to the average usage of a home and family like yours? Here are the tips to reduce your water bills making your home more efficient tax credit.
Tips to save your water bill
Install low flow showerheads
Yes, this conjures images of low water pressure and soap staying in your hair all day. But low flow technology and water aeration have come a long way since then. Chances are very good that you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Wash only full loads of clothes
Resist that urge to wash just a few of your favorite T-shirts and run of full loads in the clothes washer. For bonus points that can save energy, wash clothes in cold and warm cycles whenever possible.
Install low-flow faucet aerators
Similar to their low flow showerhead brethren, install a low-flow faucet aerator. You’ll save money and save energy without changing the effectiveness of your faucet.
Insulate water heater and pipes
We all run the shower until it reaches our desired temperature. If you enjoy warm or hot showers, properly insulating your water heater and pipes will help get to your desired temperature quicker, using less water and less energy to heat it.
Take shorter showers
Yes, this one may take a bit of sacrifice. But if each member of your family cuts their shower time just a bit, it can make a significant impact by the end of the year. It can also help to reduce lines at the bathroom for those of you with big families.
Water your lawn, but only when it needs it
Water irrigation systems sure are convenient, as are timers to water lawn and landscaping at a certain time of day.
Check for leaks everywhere
Take these last days of Spring as the time to check your water systems thoroughly to ensure there are no leaks. Take special note of outdoor irrigation systems and hoses. Don’t lose water before it reaches you, your lawn or garden.
Fewer flushes, less water
We’re not going to go so far as to tell you when to flush your toilets – but we think it’s safe to advise you to throw tissue used for things like removing make-up into the garbage, not the toilet. Consider purchasing a more efficient toilet if you’re already replacing your current unit – or, use a “tank bank” in your water tank to limit the amount of water used per flush.