Simple Ways To Save on your Carrollton Water Bill Now
Cut down on your water bill and you’re really a double winner. You will not only save your family additional cash; you’ll be conserving one of the world’s most precious resources; clean, potable water. Conserving green in this area is really actually pretty basic. In fact, you can start today, using a few, or all, of the tips below.
Plumbing leaks are a water waster’s best friend. If you let them go, you are basically throwing money (and clean, unused potable water) right down the drain. Did you know a leak can potentially waste 20 gallons a day. Be sure to monitor your water bills or your meter for any unusual increase. This may be your first clue that there’s a leak somewhere in your home. Faucet leaks are usually easy to detect … and easy to remedy. Take care of them right away. If you’re not comfortable handling this yourself, you can call Signature Plumbing Company and we can handle it quickly, professionally and efficiently. Toilet leaks are a little trickier for most homeowners to spot. If you suspect you have one, you can add several drops of food coloring to the toilet tank, let stand a few minutes without flushing, and see whether the color shows up in the bowl. Kids love this “experiment,” adults not so much, because it usually ends up meaning you’ve got a leaky toilet to fix.
Check Your Plumbing Fixtures
You can Install water-efficient fixtures. These include faucet aerators for kitchen and bath, which use 17-27 fewer gallons per day. Low Flow showerheads can reduce the amount of water your daily routines consume by 50 percent or more. Standard toilets take 5-7 gallons per flush; multiply that by 5 flushes per household member per day and you’ve got a case of major water wastage. Replace with a low-flow or dual flush toilet or put a water-saving insert (not a brick, which can harm your plumbing) into the tank of an older model.
Use Water Based Appliances Wisely
When you have a large load of dirty dishes, which method is better for conserving water — running them through the dishwasher or washing them by hand? You might be surprised to find that machine dishwashing uses less water, as long as you run only full loads; Energy Star-certified dishwashers are even more efficient. Fill up your clothes washer as well, but don’t overload or your socks, shirts, and undies won’t get as clean as you would like. Many washing machines come with an adjustable water level feature, which may be operated automatically, manually, or both.
Replacing your grassy lawn with a less thirsty groundcover is a fantastic way to save water. If you’re not ready to go quite that far, then be sure to water smart. Sprinkle the grass early in the morning (before 9:00 AM), when the moisture will be most efficiently absorbed (be sure to adhere to the City’s water restriction guidelines). Rather than mowing super-short, keep the grass long enough to shade its roots and slow the rate of water evaporation. If you’re adding a sprinkler system, include a timer that will adjust the water flow according to real-time weather conditions, such as an unexpected rainstorm. Check with a gardening expert to find out how much water your outdoor plants really need so that you don’t overwater. Apply mulch to garden beds to help retain moisture.
Your Water Habits
Wean yourself away from water-hogging habits. Running the water when you’re not actually using it is a prime water waster, rivaled only by letting leaks go unrepaired. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth or scrub your hands. In the shower, cut the flow of water while lathering up or shaving; if you’ve been relying on a constant stream of hot water to keep you warm, install a bathroom-safe wall- or ceiling-mounted electric heater. True, it uses electricity, but it is still greener than leaving the shower on (besides wasting water, the latter takes fuel to heat the water).
And about the water that goes down the drain while you’re waiting for it to heat up? Catch it in a bucket and use it for watering houseplants. Or come up with your own imaginative ideas. Some people take their Crocs or Flip-Flops into the shower occasionally, to rinse them in that initial cold-water flow. (Don’t try this if they are crusty with dirt from gardening — it’s really not kind to your drain!)
When you need the services of a licensed, Master Plumber, be sure to remember Signature Plumbing Company. You can call us (214) 918-1075 or find us on the web at http://www.signatureplumbingcompany.com