Cutting your utility bills is easier than you and your family might realize. One of the utilities that you can likely practice conservation and save money is the water bill. Depending on how much water your family is using, your bills could total hundreds of dollars each year. Here are just a few suggestions for how you can lower your water bills.
Upgrade Your Plumbing Fixtures
One of the simplest ways you can cut down on your family's water usage is to upgrade your existing plumbing fixtures to low-flow ones. The low-flow fixtures deliver less water and rely more on pressure and gravity to move waste through the pipes. Depending on where you live, you could potentially qualify for special rebates for choosing a low-flow fixture over those with a higher flow.
Before installing the fixtures, it is important to get an assessment of your plumbing system. Due to the fact that the fixtures rely on gravity to move waste, you want to ensure your system is configured to provide the angles needed for the waste to move. If not, your plumber will need to make changes to your system.
Inspect Your Appliances
Appliances, such as your dishwasher and washer, use a considerable amount of water. If the appliances have a leak in a hidden spot, it could be a long time before you notice it. However, regular inspections of the appliances will help you find leaks in a timely manner so that you can have them repaired.
In addition to inspecting your appliances on a regular basis, you should also consider upgrading any appliances that are outdated. Newer appliances can not only help you save on the water bill, but also your electricity or gas bills. Certain appliances even qualify for tax credits.
Plant Drought-Resistant Plants
Instead of relying on your irrigation system to keep your lawn looking green, look for plants, shrubs, and other greenery that is drought-resistant. Although you will have to water the greenery occasionally, the water you have to use is significantly less than what you would normally use for more traditional greenery.
You should also limit your watering to the early morning hours. If you water while it is hot, the water will evaporate and create steam, which can cause your plants to dry out. When this happens, you could be forced to water your greenery more.
Ask your plumber to help you identify other ways that your family can save on water usage.