Are you ready to faint every time you look at your water and sewer bill every month? The truth is, many homes are wasting water every day, and you just don’t know it. While our appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers have greatly improved to be high-efficiency devices using less water than traditional machines, there are other places where you might be losing water and, even worse, losing cash because your water bill is climbing every minute. These plumbing tips can help you conserve water and save money.
Change Your Faucets
Did you know that leaving the water running while brushing your teeth could be wasting thousands of gallons of water every year? The first step in reducing your water consumption is to simply turn the faucet off when you aren’t using the water.
However, you can take your water conversation to the next level by investing in more efficient aerators. An aerator is the small round device, usually with a screen, that is screwed into the tip of your faucet. There are now aerators which help to restrict the flow of water per minute while maintaining good water pressure.
Another cost-saving device are high-efficiency shower heads. These handy units are an affordable way to reduce the amount of water you use every day when washing up. You can also consider getting self-metered faucet. These faucets help to eliminate wasted water by automatically shutting off after a certain amount of time has passed. We can give you a hand getting these fixtures installed properly for you.
Upgrade Your Toilets
Since 1994, every American standard toilet uses less than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. However, older toilets could use five to seven gallons of water per flush. At an average of five flushes per day per person in a household, that’s a lot of water (and money) literally going down the toilet.
High-efficiency toilets made today can use even less than a gallon per flush, which adds up to quite a bit of conservation. If you don’t want to change your toilets, you might also consider replacing the flapper in that tank with an adjustable one which will use less water per flush. If you need a new toilet or wish to change the flapper, give us a ring, and we’ll happily ensure a safe and proper installation.
Set Your Whole-House Humidifier Properly
Do you have a home humidifier? If you do, you might not be changing the setting according to the weather like you should. If you don’t adjust the flow of water, you might be pouring water into the drain for no good reason and over-humidifying your home.
Be sure to read your owner’s manual for your humidifier and familiarize yourself with the controls you have available to adjust the output of water.
Have Us Help
Your friendly neighborhood plumbers here at DRC Plumbing and Sewer can help you in your efforts to save money on your water utilities. We can replace faucets, toilets, toilet flappers, and other fixtures to higher-efficiency units. Give us a call at 708-203-7057 or contact us through our online form, and we’ll set up an appointment to come to the rescue!Contact a Plumber Today!