The cost of living in America is high and there is no sign that things will improve in the near future. This puts a lot of financial strain on many households. Like many other homeowners, you may be looking at ways you can cut down your living expenses and make your income stretch further. Reducing the size of your household bills is one way to do this.
Water is one of the services that has seen a sharp increase in cost over the last decade. Fortunately, there are some simple and effective ways that you can significantly reduce your household water consumption, and therefore your water bills. Here are three of them that you might like to implement in your home.
1. Check for leaks
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), around one trillion gallons of water are wasted each year due to leaks. By checking for and repairing any water leaks in your home, you can save yourself hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year in water bills.
The most common culprits for leaks are toilets, taps, and showers. However, it's also worth getting your irrigation system and exterior pipes checked by a plumber to make sure they don't have any hard to detect leaks.
2. Add a gray water diverter
Household water waste is divided into two categories, gray water, and black water. Black water is sewage from the toilets and the kitchen sink and it needs to be disposed of through sewage pipes. Gray water is waste from showers, baths, and washing machines which can be recycled and reused in the home and garden.
Your plumber can install a gray water diversion system that diverts gray water into a storage tank instead of being disposed of into the sewage system. This allows you to reuse the water for things such as watering the garden and flushing the toilets. This type of system can save thousands of gallons of water each day and take a huge amount off your yearly water costs.
3. Install water saving fixtures
Another way to slash your household water consumption and your water bills is to install water saving fixtures. This can include taps, showers, and toilets. Water saving fixtures are inexpensive and are a fast job for your plumber but they can effectively halve the amount of water usage. Generally, these fixtures will pay for themselves within a few short years.
Contact a plumbing service for more help.