Anything you can do to cut the cost of running your household can be of value. That’s why we present a few smart ways to both conserve water and save money on household bills related to your family’s water consumption. For instance:
- Replace outdated and wasteful faucets - Many of today’s faucets are much better at controlling water use. You and your family could reduce water flow by as much as 30 percent, or even more with a more modern faucet.1 A good practice is to look for products that carry the WaterSense label. These are high-performing and water-efficient fixtures that have earned certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for helping protect the environment.
- Check your water meter - Are you wasting water? A quick way to figurine that out is to periodically examine your water meter. If you don’t have any water flowing at the time of the inspection, but you still see the meter turning, you might likely have a leak. If that’s the case, it’s time to call a plumber who can figure out where you’re losing water.
- Consider replacing toilets - Don’t just live with toilet tanks that seem to refill constantly. In fact, if your toilet is more than 10 years old it’s probably not as energy-efficient as it should be. That means it’s using too much water with every flush, costing you extra and wasting a precious resource. Newer and more energy-efficient toilets can help you save both money and aggravation.
- Inspect pipes for water drips - Any signs of condensation or mildew oder point toward leaks pipes. The potential water waste is bad for your budget, but the mold build-up could be detrimental to your family’s health.
- Upgrade your water heater - If your water heater is more than 10 years old, there’s the possibility that it could fail at any point. If you’re not around to turn off the water flow when that happens, it might cause devastating flood damage. Even if it doesn’t fail, an old water heater can rack up higher-than-necessary utility bills. If you decide not to upgrade, you should at least flush your old water heater every 6 months to avoid sediment build-up.
We all want to save money and do our part to safeguard the planet. Making these few smart decisions to reduce home water waste can do both. That’s why we encourage you to take these few relatively easy steps to feel better about your home budget and your impact on the environment.
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