24 May Tips to Reduce Your Water Bill This Summer
Homeowners and business owners are always looking for ways to reduce their fixed expenses. Some of the biggest of these tend to be utility costs and other overhead expenses. One of the easiest costs to reduce is a water bill.
Your water bill may not be your biggest expense. But if you can reduce this expense by a couple of hundred dollars every month, why wouldn’t you? This can add up to several thousand dollars over a year. The following are some of the best ways All Dry USA recommends to reduce your utilities this coming summer.
Behavioral Changes Versus Equipment Changes
This is an important aspect to consider. It is much more difficult to change behavior than equipment. When you use water, you are paying for cold water twice, once when you bring it into the house and again when it drains. Hot water you pay for three times. The cold water comes into the home, and you have the added expense of heating it.
It’s not easy to minimize your water usage, especially for necessities like bathing, laundry, flushing the toilet, etc. This is why an equipment change can be a good option. Appliances and fixtures that use less water—like dishwashers, sprinklers, toilets, and more—save resources and save you money.
Switch to a Smaller Water Meter
Most people aren’t experts on the size of pipes, types of meters and diameter of the water main on their property. Fortunately, utility companies have this information handy.
These three areas make up your water service. The size of your meter affects the water pressure, speed, and rate of flow. It also is how your local utility company determines your bill. In most states, your rate is based on your meter’s size. But few homeowners realize there are differently sized meters available.
Most utility companies will claim that the meter they installed was based on careful measuring of your expected consumption and needs. Unfortunately, they typically go with whatever meter is on hand that day. These tend to be bigger models as well since they are able to charge more money to customers who use meters with larger pipes.
This is why you should try to get the utility company to switch your meter out with a smaller version. If you have a bigger meter with higher flow, the utility can charge more. Smaller meters can help to reduce your water usage.
Check Your Toilets
A leaking toilet can be costing you money even when you aren’t using it. If you hear the water running when you haven’t flushed, this is a sign of a leak.
A good test to determine if your toilet doesn’t have any small leaks is to drop some food coloring into the reservoir on top of the commode. See if any leaks into the bowl. If there isn’t a leak, the dyed fluid won’t seep out and you can be sure that you aren’t losing money. If the coloring does seep out, then you know that water is being wasted by leaking.
While adding dye to the reservoir, you also might adjust the float to a lower level. The lower the level of the float, the less water it will use to fill back up after flushing.
Depending on the type of toilet, you can adjust the float by:
- Screwing the float ball so that it rests lower
- Adjust the screw at the top of the fill tube
- Changing the setting on the clip lock to as low as possible
This way you can set it so that you are flushing away all of your waste while using the least amount of water.
The EPA has estimated that bad toilet settings and leaks result in customers having to pay over $110 a year in added costs. Leaking toilets also can lead to severe water damage. If you’ve already sustained water damage, call our pro water damage restoration team today!
Ask for Rebates and Freebies
If you need to replace a fixture or require a new utility related product, you should look for the best deal around. Start by checking out the yearly list the EPA puts out for recommended products and programs in your vicinity. Follow this up by asking all of your local utility companies if they have any rebate or conservation programs that you could take part in.
In addition, you can ask your water provider about a free audit. Often, these will include low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, and pipe insulation.
Lowering your water bill is one of the easiest ways to lower your expenses. Depending on how you go about lowering the cost, you may not just save money but the environment as well. This is a winning proposition all around.