You may have a list of habits you want to change in the new year like improving your health, getting into a routine, or curbing back spending. One goal that helps you save money and is good for the environment is using less water at home. Fortunately, it’s easy to cut back on water usage and lower your water bill. Check out these 5 effective tactics.
Change Faucets and Showerheads to Aerated Models
Newer fixtures are designed to use less water by incorporating faucet aerators to reduce the flow of water while maintaining sufficient water pressure. Replace the faucets and showerheads in your home with these low-flow fixtures to reduce your water bill.
If you have a large family and can’t count on them to be mindful of water usage, this is one of the best methods for saving water. A standard showerhead uses 2.5 gallons per minute, but a WaterSense showerhead must use no more than 2 gallons per minute.
Using Less Water at Home and Your Toilet
EPA-certified WaterSense toilet models use about 20% less water than older toilets. Also, dual-flush toilets that let you choose the type of flush are helpful for saving water. If you don’t currently have the budget to replace your toilet, you can force it to use less water by displacing some of the water in the tank with an object. There are items you can buy specifically for this purpose at your local hardware store.
Set Up a Rain Barrel
Collect the rainwater that runs through your gutters and use it for watering your lawn and landscaping. Set up a rain barrel with a spigot and then attach a garden hose directly to it. The rainwater you collect can be used to water your plants through a sprinkler system or the garden hose. Rain barrels are particularly useful if you have a large landscaped yard.
Fix Plumbing Leaks
Even a slowly dripping faucet will add up to hundreds of wasted dollars over time. Fix any plumbing leaks you notice, no matter how minor they may seem. Check under-sink cabinets for signs of moisture and mold. If there is any sign of wetness, it means the drain line is leaking. Check your toilet for leaks with this simple test: Drop some food coloring in the tank and wait for 25 minutes. If the color appears in the toilet bowl, you have a leak.
Changing Habits for Using Less Water at Home
Seemingly insignificant habits can raise your water bill quite a bit, like leaving the faucet running while you are brushing your teeth or shaving. Only turn the water on in short bursts to rinse your toothbrush, razor, or hands, and then turn it off again. You may have to leave a note on the mirror reminding yourself and the rest of your household to do this, but soon it will become your new family’s new habit.