If you want to have a big impact on your water bill, the best place to start is in your bathroom. Even if you've made sure nothing is leaking and you're trying to cut back on your water use, there are a few things you can do to make sure your water use is as efficient as it can be.
Change Your Bathroom Habits
We do a lot of things in the bathroom, from brushing our teeth to shaving and washing our faces. But we can waste a lot of water here while we wait for the water to heat up or if we keep the water running unnecessarily.
First, make an effort to stop running water unless it's absolutely necessary. The faucet doesn't need to be running if you're brushing your teeth or shaving – only when you need to rinse off your brush or razor.
Second, water can be used multiple times for some things. If you're shaving, you can dab the razor in a bowl of water instead of running it under the faucet every time. If you want to go even further, you can use the bowl of water to dampen and wash your face rather than the constantly running faucet. Instead of a bowl, you can also plug the sink and let it fill with an inch or two of warm water.
Third, consider warming up a bowl of water in the microwave rather than sitting and waiting for the cold water to get warm. All that cold water running uselessly down the drain can add up, and if you pay less for electricity or gas than you do water, this could be a great way to save money without inconveniencing yourself.
Use Efficient Fixtures
There is some cost associated with replacing your faucets and showerheads, but the savings quickly add up. An efficient showerhead can save you thousands of gallons over the course of the year, and the drop in pressure isn't so much that it will make your showers take longer.
If you're in an older house, your faucets might not have aerators. If not, they make a great addition to every fixture. Aerators mix water with air, resulting in much less water use over time (and a flow of water that's less likely to splash back).
Finally, if you're willing to spend a little more money up front, low-flow toilets use much less water than their regular-flow counterparts. Consider this if your toilet has been leaking; instead of simply replacing the parts inside the tank, a more efficient toilet might be a good investment.
Shower, Don't Bathe
At first glance, a bath might seem more efficient than a shower. After all, once you fill the tub, you don't use any water after that. But showers actually use a significantly lower amount of water than baths do – and that doesn't even factor in low-flow showerheads.
It goes without saying that this only benefits you if you're willing to take short showers. You also don't need to get rid of baths completely; they can be relaxing, and soaking is better at removing dead skin cells. If you do bathe, however, try to avoid filling the bath all the way to the stop, and resist the urge to take a full shower when you're done. Contact a business, such as Dependable Plumbing, for more information.