When considering how to make your home more energy efficient, do not overlook your water bill. Homeowners often concentrate on ways to reduce heating and cooling costs, but your utilities budget includes your monthly water bill as well. Increasing water efficiency will also reduce your overall utility costs. Here are six easy ways to reduce your water usage.
Skip the Pre-Rinse
If you have a dishwasher, you may be in the habit of pre-rinsing your dishes. Letting the water run while you load the dishwasher can waste gallons of water each time. Instead, try scraping food scraps from the dishes and simply load them in the dishwasher without rinsing.
Go With the Low-Flow
Changing out a shower head or toilet to a low-flow model can save a significant amount of water with every flush or shower. These products are designed to use less water while providing a user experience that is similar to their water wasting predecessors.
Reduce Your Loads
A simple lifestyle change is to only wash clothes and dishes when you have a full load. Reducing the frequency with which you run the washer or dishwasher will lessen the amount of water you use each month. Thinking that washing dishes by hand would save even more water? Typically, a homeowner uses 1/6 less water when washing dishes in the dishwasher as opposed to hand washing.
Shorten the Showers
Everyone loves an invigorating hot shower. However, if you cut your shower a little shorter, you could save up to 4,000 gallons of water over the course of the year. Get the whole family on board with the shorter shower program to save even more.
Stop the Leaks
If you have a known water leak, such as an outside spigot or a dripping faucet in that downstairs bathroom, call a professional plumber to fix the issue. Aside from the physical damage leaking water can cause, it's money down the drain, literally, in increased utility bills.
Upgrade Your Water-Using Appliances
If you have been eyeing a new dishwasher or washing machine, the time may be right to make the switch, especially if the new one is a high-efficiency model. High-efficiency appliances are designed to use less water and electricity while still getting your clothes and dishes clean.
Want to install more energy efficient plumbing? Looking for an emergency plumber? John Baethke & Son Plumbing is your local Chicago plumber. With 65 years of experience, we can ensure that the job is done right. As a certified Green Plumber, we can address your efficiency concerns and show you where you can save money in your monthly utility costs. Call us at 773-360-0112.