How to Save on Your Water Bill While on Vacation
While you’re relaxing on your vacation, don’t allow your hard-earned dollars to (literally) go down the drain. Take heed of these simple steps to eliminate wasted energy and water and keep your water bill under control while you’re away.
Hot Water Heater
Whether you have a traditional or solar hot water heater, you should consider turning off the power to the unit before departing to save on costs associated with heating water you won’t be using. You can do this by simply shutting off the circuit breaker panel that activates the unit. You can also turn off the water heater manually by turning off the water valve, directly attaching the device to the water source, or by activating the "vacation" setting on your tankless unit. Gas water heaters should also have the gas valve shut off for good measure.
If you’re gone for several days and have a standard water tank, don’t forget to drain any water left stagnant before using water for drinking or cleaning dishes or clothes.
Refrigerators and Ice Makers
You likely are unaware of just how much water your automatic ice maker can use, and while most units have a sensor in place that makes the unit shut off when the ice box is full, many older models may not. By simply lifting the inside arm of your ice maker or turning the device's setting to "off" you can save several gallons of water. If you want to stash some ice for when you arrive home, consider pouring a couple of days worth of reserve ice into a bowl or a plastic bag.
Outdoor Water Usage
If your lawn boasts an automatic sprinkler system or decorative ponds or fountains, you should consider turning them off, if you can. However, if you have a landscape pond with live fish and plants, they may require you to keep the aeration and water flow going while you are gone. Fountains and other water-using decorations can typically be turned off, and will save you money on both your water bill and electricity usage.
Depending on the time of year when you take your vacation and its duration, you may be able to get away with turning off the automatic watering schedule. If it's the hot summer season, take advantage of the timer and vacation settings to limit water use while you're out of town.
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