Well if you aim for the stars, you might hit the moon. That’s what pundits say when you want to make a goal. You must aim higher so if you don’t get it, your pursuit should land you somewhere near. And that can definitely apply to your goal to cut back on water bill monthly expense.
You might not believe it but America is wasting water more than you can ever imagine. That should make us drool looking at the water efficiency that Australian homes are bringing to the table to fight their drought-infested country. According to EPA, the average American family wastes up to 180 gallons of water per week. Or annually, that is 9 400 gallons of water. Most of these are from household leaks. Put that in perspective, that’s wasting water equivalent to the yearly household use of 11 million homes.
You could reason that a savings of $25 per month on your water bill aren’t actually much. But that’s about $300 in a year, money that is substantial. Finding ways to save on water, therefore is a worthy cause. Check out proven-and-tested ways how.
You should make it a point to inspect your appliances and water-run equipment. Make sure these maintain their integrity. Meaning, you need to check for drips and leaks. It’s easy to dismiss drips as inconsequential. But over time, drips can add up giving your monthly water bill a bump.
Usually, leaks happen in the bathroom toilets, dishwashers, and faucets. So take time to inspect the whole house, your front and back yards including. Take note you can use tech to check water leaks. Spot-on water leak detectors come with an alarm and even with a smartphone app to warn you.
On the other end of the spectrum, making sure you’re using WaterSense equipment is a nifty way to lower your water bill. For starters, replace your bathroom faucets, toilets, and showerheads to make it all a reality. To note, WaterSense products are 20% more efficient, requiring far lesser water to operate than traditional products.
Check Your Water
The majority of tap water in America is hard water. Sourced from groundwater (unlike those from glaciers) and in direct contact with porous rocks, hard water contains dissolved compounds of magnesium and calcium. While the health impacts of hard water on human consumption is highly debatable, its negative impact on equipment and pipes is not.
Hard water clogs your pipes as it forms sediments on the pipe, much like plaque does to our arteries. Worse, it makes our appliances work doubly hard, most notably your washing machine.
Simply put, hard water and your laundry don’t mix. Studies show that clothing washed in hard water gets to wear out faster than those washed in soft water.
In essence, hard water limits the cleaning power of a detergent. Specifically, calcium bind soap creating a detergent curd that gets stuck to the fibers of the fabric. This action attracts more dirt to your clothes. The end result? Discoloration follows. The detergent mix can turn your white clothes yellow or gray, and your colored clothes streaked.
Finding all this, people tend to use more detergent to cleanse the clothes, pouring in more water into the washing machine. When that happens, you not only bump your water bill, but you also bump your detergent expense, not to mention end up with clothes of fading colors and of lesser quality. Worse, you make the laundry machine work harder, causing it to break down faster and its life to shorten.
Small wonder why American households spend on average $500 on laundry per year. And that includes detergents used, water used and electricity.
The solution to all this is to install a water softening appliance. Plumbed into your water system, the device ensures harmful magnesium and calcium are removed, out of the picture. In short, you get soft water that works well with your pipes and water equipment.
Check Your Habits
Last but not the least, you need to regulate water use. No matter how well-kept your water systems are, if you let the faucets flow for hours on end, you’re bound to add precious dollars to your bill.
A good example is not to let the water run when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving. Also, you may have to take shorter showers. Time yourself. A 4-minute bath should be enough. Doing so can save you about 4,000 gallons (ca. 15 m³) of water every year. And yes, you will have to schedule your bathtub use every once in a while.
Don’t worry. With everyone pitching in, your next water bill is bound to surprise you.