Managing your water consumption during the summer isn’t always easy. People can be tempted to take long showers to cool off after a long day in the sun and watering the lawn use a large amount of water as well. Luckily there are some simple ways to keep your water bill low this summer.
Check for leaks
Leaks can often lead to higher water bills due to water constantly leaking from the leaky spot. Have a plumber inspect your pipes to make sure everything is working properly and fix leaks before they become problematic. Be careful to monitor your water bill as well because if it shows more use than you remember, it may be the result of a leak.
Use less water
Using less water is one of the more intuitive, yet difficult, steps to take to decrease your water usage. Some quick fixes are to take showers instead of baths, as filling up the bathtub uses many more gallons than a shower. However, showers can still use over 100 gallons of water, so do your best to take even one or two minutes off of your shower time to save some money at the end of the month.
Other simple tricks include turning off the water while you brush your teeth and waiting to do dishes and laundry until you can do a full load. Doing only full loads can allow you to go longer without having those appliances use water, and will make the most out of the water they already use. Being mindful and aware of your water usage can help you find areas to cut back on.
Install water saving fixtures
This option can be a little more expensive and invasive when it comes to your home. However, these appliances often pay for themselves in the money you save each month. Low-flow toilets, showerheads, and sinks are built to use less water per use. A front loading washing machine will also help, as they often use less than half of the water their top-loading counterparts do.
There are other more simple ways to alter existing appliances if you are unable to replace them. Installing aerators on showers and sinks can help keep the water pressure high while making air compose much of the water stream which will keep your consumption low. Placing something into the tank of your toilets, such as a sand bag or brick, will keep it from filling all the way up after each flush and help keep your water bill and environmental impact to a minimum.