Three Easy Ways to Conserve Water and Save on the Water Bill
Everyone wants to do everything possible to save water and money. Yet, some don’t know where to start or how much they spend each month on their water bill. This blog post will share three easy things homeowners can do to start conserving water and saving on their water bills.
Install Water Saving Plumbing Fixtures
Investing in eco-friendly fixtures and appliances is an effective way to save money and reduce water consumption. Some eco-friendly and water-saving plumbing fixtures include low-flow toilets, showerheads, and faucets. Low-flow toilets are designed to minimize the amount of water used when flushing waste. They are usually between 1.28 gallons and 1.6 gallons per flush, compared to older toilets, which can use up to 7 gallons of water per flush.
Showerheads designed to reduce water usage can also be beneficial. Many low-flow showerheads are designed to maximize the pressure while using less water. Some only use 2 gallons or less per minute, compared to 5 or more with a traditional showerhead. Faucets are another way to save water. Many eco-friendly faucets come equipped with sensors that reduce the amount of water used when someone turns on the tap and an auto-shutoff feature, which will automatically stop the water flow if left running for too long.
Practice Mindful Water-Saving Habits
Saving water and money isn’t a once-in-a-while habit. It’s something that homeowners must practice each day to see long-term results. Some of these practices include:
- Turning off the faucet while brushing one’s teeth or washing dishes
- Turning off the water when shaving or when possible in the shower, like shampooing
- Using the dishwasher or washing machine for full loads only
HuffPost notes that to wave water, homeowners can also take showers instead of baths, as long as the showers are short. The publication notes that a shower without a water-saving showerhead uses about five gallons of water a minute, while a bath uses around 36 gallons to fill the bathtub. Using a water-conserving showerhead will reduce the gallons of water used for a shower to 2 gallons or less a minute.
Only Flushing Toilet Paper
People should only flush human waste and toilet paper down a toilet. Anything else could cause serious problems, from toilet clogs to creating underground fatbergs to polluting the ocean. The following is a list of items that homeowners should throw in the trash––and not flush down the toilet:
- Paper towels, napkins, and wipes
- Menstruation products
- Food residue
- Cigarette butts
- Dental floss
Toilet clogs can also waste water because each time a toilet flushes, it uses water. Unclogging a toilet with an average household plunger typically requires multiple flushes to clear, so preventing clogs from occurring can help reduce household water usage.
About Heidler, Inc.
Heidler, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business serving Annapolis, MD, and the surrounding communities since 1947. They provide flat rate pricing and a beneficial plumbing preventive maintenance agreement. Call them today for faucet, fixture, and sink services in Annapolis, MD.