Is your water bill making you wince? Saving on the cost of utilities is something everybody wants, and comes with the added benefit of being kind on the environment. What’s more, with a growing world population, dwindling clean water resources, and rising global temperatures, it’s likely that water bills are set to hurt home-owners even more at the hip pocket in the future. Be smart about your water use and refresh your attitudes and habits with these simple tips and tricks. You have nothing to lose. (Read more plumbing tips on homepage.)
- Fix leaks
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (www3.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/fixleak.html), a “leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year” – you could have 180 showers with that amount of water! Who knew all those tiny drips could amount to so much? Whether you do the job at home yourself or hire a professional, licking those leaks is one of the best ways you can see the numbers fall your water bill’s bottom line.
- Be mindful about water use
Even small behavioral changes can have significant impacts on your water efficiency. Does the tap really need to be running when you’re brushing your teeth? Why not wait until you have a full load of clothes before stuffing them into the washing machine? Is the shower really the best place for daydreaming? Although its widely believed that a bath is far more wasteful than a shower, National Geographic busts this myth: “Baths usually require about 20 gallons (80 liters), the same as a ten-minute shower.”
- Water your garden or set your sprinklers to run at dusk
Think about it: if you’re watering right in the heat of the day, a sizeable volume of water droplets are going to evaporate before they’re ever able to reach your plant’s roots. That’s a lot of water being needlessly lost to the atmosphere, and you’ll find yourself watering more often just to keep you still-dehydrated plants alive. Instead, you should be dousing your flowers and shrubs in the early evening, when it’s cooler and the water has the chance to soak into the soil.