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How to Save Water at Home AND Lower Your Water Bill
There are many different ways of how to save water at home and lower water and energy bills at the same time. Some of these are things you can do yourself, while for others you will want to get help from your local plumbing company.
1. Have Low-Flow Faucets and Fixtures Installed
There are low-flow faucets and fixtures you can get installed that use less water without affecting water pressure.
2. Get a Low-Flush Toilet
You can replace existing toilets with low-flush models, which use less water per flush cycle.
3. Upgrade Toilet Handles to Dual Flush Handles
To complement your new low-flush toilet or for existing toilets you do not replace, there are dual flush handles you can have installed. These handles offer two different flush options: one for liquid waste and another for solid waste.
4. Put a Bottle Filled with Sand in the Toilet Tank
Another way to reduce the amount of water used during each flush cycle is to reduce the amount of water in the toilet tank. An easy way to do this is to take an empty water bottle and fill it with sand. Remember to put the lid back on before placing in the tank.
5. Only Do Full Loads of Dishes and Clothes
You waste water when you do partial loads of dishes and clothes. It is better to wait until you have a full load because you will use less water and energy in the long run.
6. Upgrade Appliances to Water-Saving and Energy-Efficient Models
Replace your dishwasher or machine with one that has water-saving and energy-efficient features. Modern appliances have sensors in them that determine how much water is needed per cycle and use less water than appliances that are five years or older.
7. Change Your Dishwashing Habits
There is no need to pre-rinse dishes before putting them in your dishwasher. This only wastes water and makes the dish detergents less effective. In addition, you should never wash dishes by hand unless they are not dishwasher safe. You will use more water than what your dishwasher uses for an entire cycle.
If you don’t have a dishwasher, instead of filling the sink full, use a washtub that is half the height of the sink. Stack the washed dishes on the other side of the sink and only rinse them when the sink is full; then shut off the water.
8. Repair or Replace Dripping Water Faucets/Fixtures
If you have slow dripping faucets and fixtures, get these repaired or replaced. Even a small drip can result in wasting several gallons of water each day.
9. Get a Tankless Hot Water Heater
Tankless hot water heaters eliminate the need to store and maintain hot water at a set temperature. Hot water is delivered “on-demand” when you need it, so you use less energy to heat the water.
For more great tips on how to save water at home and lower water and energy bills, or to upgrade your hot water heater, faucets, fixtures, toilets, or repair leaks or for other plumbing problems, please feel free to contact MET Plumbing & Air Conditioning at 281-603-9949!