Like most people, you probably dread receiving your hydro bill and question whether there are ways to reduce the amount of water you use each month. There are modest changes you can make to your daily routine that could equal significant savings on your next bill. Conserving water not only saves you money, but it is also better for the environment. Here some surprising things you can do to save money on your hydro bill and help save the planet.
Take showers instead of baths
Generally speaking, a shower will use less water than a bath, but it depends on the length of your shower and the size of your tub. Most people tend to use 30 gallons of water in a bath while a low-flow showerhead uses around two gallons in one minute or 20 gallons during a 10-minute shower. As long as you keep your showers short and use a low-flow showerhead, you will be saving money. The next time you want to stay in the shower longer remember that the quicker the shower, the more money you will save. When you do indulge in a bath, avoid filling the tub too high and keep baths to a minimum.
Do not hand wash
Some people still hand wash dishes and clothes because they think doing so will save them money. On the contrary, new water appliances like dishwashers and washing machines are manufactured to be water efficient. Check with your appliance’s manufacturer to see if yours is energy efficient. A full load will usually preserve more water than individually washing clothes or dishes by hand. If you already use your machines, try to wait until the load is full before using it so that you do not have to run it as often.
Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth
Bathroom faucets can use more than two gallons of water in just one minute. That means that leaving it on while you brush your teeth can waste 50 gallons each week. Even low-flow taps waste around one gallon per minute, so make sure to turn it off when you are not using it.
Small leaks can cost big bucks
Not only can small leaks add up to hundreds of dollars in water waste but it can also cause structural damage to your home, which leads to even more wasted money. Get in the habit of routinely checking water appliances and sources for leaks and fix issues as soon as possible. A leaky faucet can waste 3,000 gallons in a year. If you notice a spike in your hydro bill, it might be an indicator that you have a leak. Call a professional to check your plumbing out and find the root of the problem.
Simple changes can make a huge difference
If you keep these tips in mind the next time you use water in your home, you should notice a lower amount on your next water bill. If you want to make sure you are getting the most out of your plumbing system, call Mangell Plumbing & Heating. Our experienced professionals can thoroughly examine your home and give you recommendations to save you money.