3 Tips to Save Water and Reduce Water Bills
When it comes to saving water, luck has nothing to do with it. Mindfulness can go a long way when looking to save water and money. Here, homeowners can learn easy ways to reduce their water consumption and bills. Some considerations include turning off the faucet when it’s not in use, flushing with caution, and investing in “green” fixtures.
Turn Off the Tap During Certain Tasks
Keeping the tap on while brushing teeth, shaving, or washing the dishes wastes water. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, turning off the tap while brushing teeth can save 8 gallons of water daily, and 10 gallons can be saved per shave when the water is turned off.
Letting the kitchen sink faucet run for five minutes while washing the dishes can also waste around 10 gallons of water. All the wasted water from these tasks adds up quickly, so homeowners should practice the water-saving habit of turning off the tap during these tasks and watch the impact on their water bill.
Invest in Water-Saving Fixtures
Eco-friendly plumbing fixtures and appliances can help homeowners’ wallets and the environment. Many types of eco-friendly fixtures are available, including low-flow toilets, showerheads, and faucets. They all lead to reduced water usage and significant water bill savings.
These toilets use around 1.28 gallons per flush, compared to regular toilets that use 3.5-7 gallons per flush. High-efficiency showerheads use about 1.5 gallons of water per minute, compared to the traditional 2.5 gallons or more per minute used by regular showerheads. The EPA notes that the average faucet uses about 2.2 gallons per minute, but faucets made by WaterSense only use 1.5 gallons of water. Installing these fixtures allows for savings without changing habits, so doing both can lead to significant savings.
Avoid Toilet Clogs
There’s only one thing homeowners should flush down the toilet: toilet paper. Anything else (aside from human waste) should be thrown in the garbage because it could cause a severe clog. A clogged toilet can also waste a lot of water, so another way to save water is to prevent clogs. If someone isn’t sure whether they should flush something, they shouldn’t.
Homeowners should throw these things into the trash instead of down the toilet to avoid clogs:
- Wipes (even “flushable” wipes)
- Menstruation products
- Cigarette butts
- Napkins, paper towels, and tissues
- Dental floss
- Toxic substances, like motor oil
- Candy wrappers and other plastics
About Heil Plumbing
Heil Plumbing is a locally owned, family-owned company serving Jessup, MD, and the surrounding communities. They provide straightforward pricing, top-of-the-line service, and a maintenance plan. Call them today for bathroom or kitchen plumbing services in Jessup, MD.
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