Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Water Bill
Though you use water all the time, you probably don’t think about how much you use until the bill comes. While turning off the water when you’re not using it directly and looking for leaks and drips are important ways to save water and save money on your water bill, there are also new products for bathrooms and kitchens that can save on your water bill as well.
Save Money on Water Bills: Upgrade your Toilet
If you have an older toilet, you may be using two gallons per flush. The new dual-flush toilet uses only 1.6 or 1.1 gallons per flush. And, you may not have to replace the entire toilet. DIY converter kits, which are available at The Home Depot, turn most standard toilets into water-saving dual flush toilets. There are several models so compare installation requirements and customer reviews to ensure success.
Save Money on Water Bills: Update Showerheads and Faucets
If you haven’t replaced your showerheads in several years, you could save two gallons per minute or more. Multiply that by the length of your average shower and savings can add up quickly. Some models have a set gallon-per-minute (GPM), while others allow you to adjust the flow within a range.
Faucets labeled by the Environmental Protections Agency’s WaterSense program save more than 30% on water usage when compared to a standard faucet. They use no more than 1.5 GPM compared to the 2.2 GPM of regular faucets. If you don’t want to replace the faucet, consider installing a WaterSense-certified aerator that simply screws onto the end of the faucet. Inexpensive and easily installed, they will reduce the GPM to between 1.5 and 2.5 depending on the model.