If you’re determined to slash your water bill, concentrate your efforts on the bathroom. The average American family uses 40 gallons of water a day in the shower, accounting for about 17 percent of water use in homes.
Add twice-daily toothbrush sessions, shaving, and handwashing and you have the room that offers the most opportunities for water conservation.
Here’s how to curb your bathroom’s water consumption:
Check For Leaks
Over time, connections between supply lines and faucets can wear out. Older pipes can corrode. This can lead to leaks. Some leaks manifest themselves easily with a puddle, but others might hide behind a wall undetected for months or years. A quick look at your water bill is one way to diagnose a leak. An unexpected spike might indicate a water leak in your bathroom or elsewhere in your home. Stains on walls or on your basement ceiling might also suggest a leak in your bathroom.
Efficient Toilets and Fixtures
Older toilets produced before the 1980s used between five and seven gallons of water per flush. This was more than three times the water usage of new toilets that are produced today. Modern low-flow toilets use as little as 1.6 gallons per flush. Additionally, using faucets and showerheads that control the flow of water will cut down on usage. A few dollars spent on restricting water use could lead to much lower water bills over time.
Turn Off the Faucet
Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth can save between three and four gallons of water per person per day. Over time, this would save around 1,000 gallons over the course of a year. Similarly, you can save 5 gallons per shave by simply turning off the faucet.
If you find that you have a water leak, look no further than Always Plumbing Heating and Air. We provide 24/7 service for the Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo areas. Give us a call today at (949) 523-1992.