8 No Brainer Ways To Reduce Water Costs In Your Home
You have heard the saying, “there goes your money – down the drain!”
Here at Fischer Plumbing, we don’t like that saying and are always looking for ways to save you money and reduce water costs. Here is our no-brainer checklist of things you can do around the house and yard to be sure you are saving time, money, and aggravation.
If your toilet is running…..
…check the ball cock, the mechanism that controls the flushing system. For about $15 you can get one at your local hardware store, complete with simple directions on how to install yourself.
If your toilet is leaking…….
….. no worries, you can detect it yourself by purchasing some dye tablets at a home improvement store. Just drop it in the toilet tank and see if the dye seeps into the bowl. If it does, you’ve got yourself a leak. Keep in mind a leaky toilet can waste as much as 500 gallons of water each day says the National Sanitation Foundation. Catch it early and call the plumber.
If your pipes are clogged….
….. and water is backing up and overflowing, unclog using a green, environmentally friendly drain cleaner. Check Amazon for a product called TerraCycle Natural Maintainer & Cleaner. It’s about $10 and will remove excess dirt and debris.
If you want a warm cup of coffee or tea……
…. run some cold tap water in a cup and microwave it rather than waiting for the hot water to heat up. This is one of the best ways to reduce water costs, especially if your hot water heater takes a while to warm up.
If you want those dishes cleaned…….
…… use the dishwasher, don’t hand wash. Wait until you have a full load and scrape off the food; no need to rinse. Your dishwasher will take care of that for you.
When it’s time to bathe or shower…..
…. choose the shower. Why use 35 gallons of water to fill up your bathtub? Instead take a a five-minute shower with a low-flow shower head, and you’ll save 22.5 gallons of water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
When it’s time to replace that old water heater……
….seriously consider a tankless hot water heater; one of the best ways to reduce water costs. Your water will heat faster and only when you need it – that’s why it is called an “on-demand” water heater. Water and energy savings in one fell swoop!
When the plants need watering…….
….. consider using saved rain water that you collect in rain barrels (plenty of that in the Seattle area) or grey water – water that is not consumable from cooking, left over drinking water, or shower water that is not hot yet (just collect it in a tub or vat.)
There are many ways to reduce your water costs and at Fischer Plumbing we applaud our customers who recycle, reuse, and are creative and frugal with their water usage. Try some of these easy tips yourself and let us know if you see a difference in your water bill.