If you want to save on your water bill and free up some cash, there are some things you can do to help reduce the amount of water that is being used in your house. Your water bill might not be your most expensive bill, but cutting back on it a little every month can go a long way in the long term. Here are a number of ways to lower your water bill.
Get a Leak Audit From a Professional and Licensed Plumber
The plumbing infrastructure of your house can contribute to water leakage, which has a significant impact on your water bill. Leakage can be caused in the pipes, water tank, fittings, screws, faucets, and other elements of your plumbing system. Not only can leakage cause your water bill to increase, but it can also lead to structural damage to your home and reduce the lifespan of your water appliances and fixtures.
Experienced and trained plumbers can perform a comprehensive audit of your house’s plumbing system and guide you on what repair or replacement services are required to fix the leakage issues. A professional plumber will use sophisticated tools and audit procedures to pinpoint the location of any leaks in the system. As a first step, the plumber will compare the flow rate of water coming into your home to the water that is being used by appliances and fixtures. This is a good starting point to determine if any water is being lost in the system. If there is a loss of water, the plumber will look into the supply of water to each appliance and fixture to pinpoint the location of the leakage.
Upgrade Your Water Appliances and Fixtures
Older models of water appliances such as water heaters or washing machines might not be designed for optimum efficiency or might have lost some efficiency over time. Most new models of water appliances have a better rating for energy efficiency for electricity and also an improved design to use less water during operation. Older models have a higher chance of leaks, causing extra water to be used.
New models of water fixtures such as high-efficiency faucet aerators or shower heads can lower your water bill. These fixtures might have a higher upfront cost compared to regular fixtures, but the return on investment will be quick, and, in the long run, these fixtures will save you money through reduced water bills. You can use smart technology to measure the amount of water used by each person in the shower. There are shower timers that can be installed on the shower pipe. These shower timers can warn you if you are taking too long in the shower.
Use the Dishwasher
If you are looking for an excuse to skip washing the dishes by hand, here is one for you. A dishwasher is designed to wash dishes efficiently. Compared to washing dishes by hand, an Energy Star-certified dishwasher is going to use less water. If you do not own a dishwasher, try to wash your dishes by stopping the drain and filling the sink. You might think that using a dishwasher would increase your electricity bill, but an Energy Star-certified appliance should not add too many units to your electricity bill. The heaters inside the dishwasher are designed for efficient heating of the water to clean the dishes.
Optimize Your Sprinkler System
A sprinkler system saves you time and energy to water your lawn by hand, but it can increase your water bill if the sprinkler has not been optimized properly. Keeping the sprinkler system properly maintained is important. There should be no leaks in the system, and the timer of the sprinkler system should be working correctly. Watering during the day can increase the evaporation of water, so you might want to water early in the morning.
Contact Us to Book an Appointment
Allow our plumbers at Smedley Service to assist you with lowering your water bill. Our plumbers are experienced, trained, and certified to perform different types of services. At Smedley Service, we offer service for heating, cooling, and plumbing systems. We serve residents of Layton, UT, and all surrounding locations. Our heating services include furnace repair, installation, and maintenance. We perform all types of AC services, too. For our plumbing services, we offer backflow testing, water heater services, leak detection and repair, and several other types of services. Call us today to schedule an appointment.