A great way to save money when it comes to your monthly water bill is to look at ways you can improve your conservation of water. Many people wonder how to save water so this post should offer some guidance to help save water.
Check the Toilet
You may also easily make your old toilet use less water. The old tactic was to place a brick in the water tank of the toilet however over time this could actually cause plumbing issues if the brick begins to fall apart. If you do prefer this method wrap the brick in a sturdy plastic bag should prevent issues. You could also use a water filled bottle.
Don’t use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket, every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash, five to seven gallons of water is wasted.
Check for leaks
First step is to check your toilet for leaks. Drop some food coloring into your toilet tank and leave it for 30 minutes. If, without flushing, color has appeared in the bowl then you have a leak to repair.
Next check your faucets. Even a small drip can waste over 19 gallons of water per day. Usually a simple worn out washer is the culprit and can be easily replaced.
Your next stop should be your water meter. Read your meter before and after a two-hour minimum period when no water will be used. If the meter has changed you have a leak to find and my need to call a leak detection company.
Don’t forget to check outdoor taps, sprinklers and hoses for leaks as well.
Only Run Full Loads
Your dishwasher and washing machine should only be run with full loads in order to maximize water usage.
When loading your dishwasher skip the pre-rinse if you have a newer model. It is not necessary and is a huge waste.
Do not use the permanent press cycle on your washing machine as it uses an extra 5.25 Gallons for the extra rinse cycle. If you must run a partial load then adjust the water level to match the size of the load.
Save in the Shower
Install water-efficient shower heads. They can save you as much as 740 Gallons of water a month, They are inexpensive and very easy by the homeowner.
Consider limiting your shower time as well. Taking a shower over a bath is already saving you around 50 gallons of water a day.
Turn off that Tap!
If you don’t actually need the water running, turn it off. For example, you can save 25 gallons a month by turning the water off while brushing your teeth.