Your water bill may not be the heftiest utility you pay, but it all adds up. And in the current climate, we could all stand with saving a little extra wherever possible.
The good news is that saving on your water bills is not only easy, but it can also save you in long-term plumbing costs, as less water usage also puts less stress on your plumbing as a whole – and decreases the odds of a pipe or faucet malfunction.
With that in mind, let’s examine a few tips for saving water.
The first and most important step is to ensure that your pipes and fixtures are not leaking anywhere – and if they are, to have them repaired ASAP. A leak not only represents a slow loss of money (a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per day!), but it can also lead to a bigger issue that requires professional plumbing repair.
Following is a list of things you can do to conserve as well as decrease your water bills (We’ll break it down by room/area of your property.):
This is the room where water (and the fixtures that employ it) is the main feature, so if you can get control of usage here, you stand to make a significant difference.
- Turn the sink faucet off in between needs for shaving and teeth brushing.
- Avoid baths if at all possible, and take shorter showers.
- If you really want to squeeze usage during a shower, you can rinse, turn off the water, and then soap/shampoo up before turning the water back on for a thorough rinse.
- Install a low-flush toilet.
- Install low-pressure fixtures in your shower and sink.
This is the second biggest culprit for water use in your home – especially in cleaning terms.
- Use a dishwasher instead of hand washing your dishes. And if you must hand wash, employ the same method as you would in the shower – i.e., get the dishes wet, turn the water off, soap up, and then turn the water back on to rinse.
- And only use the dishwasher when it’s completely full.
- Avoid using the garbage disposal in your sink if at all possible. This will not only save water (as you have to run the faucet when it is on) but also save you plumbing problems, as food particles are a major clog hazard. That means scraping food from dishes into the garbage and/or mulching.
- Defrost frozen foods overnight in the fridge instead of utilizing a constant drip in the sink.
NOTE: You can also save in the laundry room by using the appropriate water level and opting for fewer, larger washes instead of multiple, smaller jobs. And when purchasing a new washing machine, buy one with an Energy Star efficiency rating.
- If you have a lawn/garden irrigation system, consider purchasing a smart monitor – one that reads rain levels in your location so that it only turns on when necessary.
- Also, make sure that your sprinkler heads are aimed correctly so that they stay on your lawn/plants and don’t water a driveway or road.
- When watering plants of any kind, do so during the morning or evening, this will get the most out of your water usage (watering during the heat of the day will lead to quicker evaporation and less efficiency).
- Use soaker hoses in order to ensure the most efficient use of water.
- Spread mulch around your garden in order to retain moisture and reduce evaporation of soil moisture.
NOTE: Commercial car washes are better users of water, as they recycle the water they use. But, if you need to wash your own car, do so by using water from a bucket rather than constantly running your hose.
Follow these steps, and you will do much to reduce your bill and the pressure on your plumbing system. And if you discover any leaks that you cannot fix on your own and are unsure of how to correct them, know that the pros at Conditioned Air Systems are here to help. That may seem unusual from a company that has built a four-decade reputation on supplying the best in HVAC – but it’s really not that different. In fact, beginning in 2022, Conditioned Air brought on board plumbing master John Payne, founder of Payne Plumbing, to lead and develop our plumbing division. His work and expertise allow us to offer the same full range of expertise, customer service, and flexibility that you have come to expect from Conditioned Air’s HVAC services.
Payne, a north Georgia native, grew up in the plumbing industry and obtained his unrestricted master plumbing license over 25 years ago. He founded Payne Plumbing shortly thereafter. Thanks to John’s guidance, we will happily tackle any job, no matter the size or situation. And you can expect our plumbers to:
- Arrive on time
- Install it or repair it right the first time
- Give you a fixed price with no hidden surprises
- Be friendly and professional
Just like our HVAC services, we offer 24/7 and emergency plumbing services to attend to your every need.
So, if you find yourself battling any type of leak, please contact us right away at 770-536-7509 and let us get your water running the right way again.