Summer is the time wherein you need more reasons to stay cool and feel fresh to fight the heat. But this is also the time wherein you can use lots of water for different tasks, such as showering, washing clothes, and watering plants. These factors can surely raise you water bill! Fortunately, there are several ways on how you can avoid the bill from going up. Here are simple suggestions you must do at home.
When washing your clothes, do not wash your clothes little by little, this will only waste your electricity, water and time, instead odds as many as your washing machine can hold, in this way you cannot only control your water, but you can also control your time and electric bill. Research shown that when a person wash his/her clothes once and for all and using washing machine can help him/her conserve water, compared to hand washing.
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1. Opt to Shower than Bathing
Many of us think that we can conserve more water by means of bathing. The truth is that you can save more water in using the shower than bathing. Soaking yourself in the tub normally use water from 30 up to 50 gallons. When showering, you can only use 20 gallons, but this also depends on how long you use the shower. The more time you spend in the shower, the more water is used. To make your shower sufficient, use a modern showerhead. It will help you use 10 gallons of water per shower only.
2. Upgrade Your Toilet
Flushing the toilet uses more water compared to other activities at home. Replacing your old toilet flash is essential to conserve water in summer. You can buy toilet flash at any local store, but choose the more efficient one, such as those that use only 5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. You have to check if your old toilet consumes more water than 2 gallons on a single flush.
3. Check for Toilet Leaks
Check also your toilet tank if there is a leak. A leaky toilet tank can give you headache from your water bill. To know if your toilet tank has leak, remove the cover of the tank and simply drop food coloring to the water. You may need to wait for at least 30 minutes to see if any colored leak drops from the tank.
In addition to leaks, treat your toilet properly as well. This means you make sure your toilet is clean and there are not tissues, cotton swabs, diaper wipes, bandages, and other things that can be thrown in there instead of the garbage bin or trash can.
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4. Inspect Tap Water
If you find out that your tap water has leaks, then you must fix it immediately. A little drop of water that’s coming from the tap or faucet may not be important for you, but this can increasingly be added to your bill. Note that even a small drop of water per second consumes water. That can actually make 2700 gallons of water per year if the leak has not been repaired for 12 months.
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5. Insulate Hot Water Pipes
Insulating your hot-water pipes can also help you manage your water bill. After all, no one doesn’t want to wait or waste a small time before the water gets hot. Wrap the hot-water pipes with thick foam-rubber insulation. This will help the water stay on its right temperature. In fact, if you do this, you will not only get benefits for using water. You can also save energy in making your water hot.
These are some ideas on how you can use your water in a more sufficient way. They help you maintain a standard or a lower bill during the summer season. These things maybe simple for you, but a very great help to save money.