With California in the middle of an unprecedented drought and summer just around the corner, figuring out how to use less water is probably at the top of a lot of our minds. Not only do we want to save water because of the shortage, but we also don’t want our water bills to skyrocket because of overuse. Fortunately, there are several ways that homeowners and businesses in Southern California can conserve water and save money on their water bills.
How Can I Save Money on My Water Bill This Summer?
There are a wide variety of ways home and business owners can use less water and save money on their water bills despite the presence of drought conditions. The following are tips for conserving water and saving money your water bills this summer:
- Invest in Energy Efficient Appliances – Most modern appliances are more energy efficient than those from the past. Specifically, appliances that are labeled with the Energy Star or WaterSense logo were made with energy efficiency in mind. For example, energy efficient washers use from 35 to 50 percent less water than standard washing machines. In addition, they use 50 percent less energy. Another good tip is to purchase a front-loading washing machine instead of a top-loading washer. Front-loading washing machines use less water than top-loading washers.
- Collect Rainwater – For some, the idea of collecting rainwater may sound like a waste of time. However, that’s far from true. Attaching a rain barrel to your home or businesses’ downspout can help you capture more rainwater than you realize. However, before collecting rainwater, make sure that it is legal and doesn’t violate any rules in your area or neighborhood. Some areas have laws against rainwater collection, and some homeowners’ associations have rules against it as well.
- Buy New Faucets – Just as there are energy efficient appliances, there are also fixtures that are more efficient than others. For instance, many modern faucets are designed to conserve water even while in use. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea to turn off the faucet while you’re doing things like brushing your teeth. However, when the faucet is running, you can count on it being 30 percent more efficient. Faucets with the WaterSense logo are more efficient than most other types of faucets. WaterSense-certified faucets are able reduce waterflow without sacrificing performance.
- Recycle Water – Don’t waste water. Use leftover water in drinking glasses or from the dog bowl to water your plants. Same goes for water you use to wash vegetables or ice cubes that miss your glass and fall on the floor from the icemaker. In addition, if you steam vegetables, use the water from that as the base for soup.
- Turn Off Your Shower – You can save money on your water bill by limiting the amount of water you use when you shower. Take shorter showers and when you shower, turn off the water when you lather up or wash your hair, and then turn the water back on when you rinse off.
- Don’t Use the Permanent Press Setting for Your Laundry – The permanent press setting on your washing machine requires an extra rinse cycle, which can waste as much as 5 gallons of water. In addition, don’t do laundry unless you have a full load to wash.
- Fill Your Dishwasher – You should also make sure to only use your dishwasher when it is full and invest in an energy efficient dishwasher. There are exceptions. In many cases, even doing a partial load of dishes in an energy efficient dishwasher uses less water than filling up the sink to wash the same number of dishes by hand. If you do wash dishes by hand, plug your sink’s drain and use a wash basin to conserve water.
- Check for Leaks – Make sure you don’t have any leaks, even small ones. Leaks can waste gallons and gallons of water daily. Toilet leaks (often the cause of running toilets) and indoor and outdoor faucet leaks are common. A good way to determine if you have any leaks is to check your water meter before bed, not use any water overnight, and then check the water meter again in the morning. If the water meter reading has changed (especially if it has changed significantly), you may have a water leak. Many plumbing companies also offer leak detection and repair services that can help you find any leaks in your home or business and have them repaired.
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