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Saving Money on your Water Bill

March 3, 2017

If you’ve just moved into a new home and your water bill is a lot higher than you thought it would be, here are some ideas on how to save money on your water bill.

Sink Aerators

Aerators are neat devices which attach to the end of a faucet and essentially introduce air to the flow of water. This makes it so there is less water coming out of the faucet, but it feels like the same amount to the person washing their hands. In fact, sink aerators also reduce the frequency of water splashing from your hands while you wash them as well!

Running Toilet

Have you heard your toilet running yet you haven’t flushed it recently? This could be due to a variety of reasons such as a worn reservoir flapper, an improperly tuned float, not enough slack in the flapper chain, or a variety of other reasons. If you hear your toilet constantly running, that’s just money being flushed down the drain—pun intended. Here’s some more information on why a toilet may be running and how you can fix the issue.

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Shower Time

Showers and baths are typically where you can save the most money on your water bill. Install a low-flow shower head to reduce the amount of water coming out while showering. Then, if you can manage doing so, turn on the water to get yourself wet and then turn it off while you lather up; then turn the water back on only to shower off. This isn’t really a practical way for most people, we get it, so instead try and shower as quick as possible with the use of an egg timer; set it for 4 minutes and try to beat the timer!

Leaky Faucets

If your sink or shower faucets drip then this could definitely drive up your water bill. If your sinks or faucets are leaking, give your local Maryland plumber a call and tell them about your problem. They’ll be able to fix this issue in no time, and while it will cost you money to replace the part it, will save you money on your water bill in the long run.

Watering Plants

If you own a good amount of plants in your home which need watering, you can save on your water bill here in a few ways. First, set a pitcher by the kitchen sink to put under the faucet any time you’re waiting for the water to get hot. Then, if you frequently boil vegetables, don’t strain them in the sink—remove them from the pot with handle-strainer and then pour the leftover water into your kitchen plant watering pitcher.

Cook Smarter

When cooking, only use as many utensils, plates, and pots as necessary. Every pot or ladle you dirty up is another one which needs to be washed. Along these same lines, when cooking frozen vegetables or dried pasta try and use a cup less water. Every cup of water you save in the kitchen will add up when combined with your other water-saving efforts.

Look for Leaks

Sometimes, leaks in your plumbing system can be quite hidden from the untrained eye. If you’ve implemented all of these plumbing fixes or tips and are still seeing a high water bill, there may be a leak in your plumbing system somewhere which you cannot detect. Call in a local plumber in Maryland and have them do an inspection of your plumbing system.

For help with saving money on your water bill, or to hire a Maryland plumber to inspect your plumbing system, give Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating a call today! As a Carroll County plumbing company, Michael Runk is locally owned and operated, serving local residential and business plumbing needs. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 410-781-6791 or fill out the contact form on our website!

 


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