California is still in a drought. In fact, as of June 1st, the statewide water-use reduction mandates that were announced on May 5th are now in effect and are expected to be in practice until February 2016. The good thing is, enforcing water saving measures in your home will not only save California’s water, but it will save you money as well. Here are some simple ways to shave some dollars off of your water bill:
1. Check Your Home For Leaks
Unknown leaks account for a huge part of water (and money) waste. Check your toilets for leaks and use your water meter to check for hidden leaks around the house. (To do this simply read the house meter and then read it again in a few hours after not using water, if the number has changed, you probably have a leak and should call a plumber to check it out.)
2. Invest in Water-Efficient Appliances
Washing machines, sinks, showers, and toilets account for a large portion of your water bill. Installing a water-efficient washing machine, faucet aerators for your sinks and showers, and low flush toilets can make a huge difference in your water bill. Even adding one or two of these items would go a long way and quickly pay for itself with the savings from your water bill.
3. Stop Using Your Toilet as a Trashcan
Five to seven gallons of water are used every time you flush the toilet so don’t flush anything that isn’t supposed to be flushed! If it’s trash, throw it in the trashcan!
4. Insulate Your Water Pipes
It doesn’t cost that much to insulate your water pipes, but it definitely goes a long way in terms of saving water and money. With insulated pipes, hot water will reach your faucets quicker and shorten the time you wait for hot water.
5. Only Use Your Dishwasher and Washing Machine for Full Loads
A huge amount of water is wasted when you use your dishwasher or washing machine to wash just a few items. Wait it out until you have enough items for a full load.
6. Plant Drought-Resistant Plants
Planting drought-tolerant and California native plants in your yard can greatly reduce the amount of water you use watering your outdoor plants and saves you a lot of time as well. If you’re not sure where to start in terms of looking for drought resistant plants, check out this cool article.
Jeff Shaffer Plumbing is committed to providing water-saving plumbing solutions to your home or office. If you’re having a plumbing issue, or would like more ideas on how to save water during this California drought contact us today!