As the weather heats up throughout the summer, our water consumption increases. For many homeowners, the costs can be downright staggering, but the good news is that there are easy ways to lower water bills in your home.
We recommend this simple, five-step approach:
- Install low-flow fixtures – Kitchen and bath fixtures that are labeled “low flow” are extremely efficient. Low-flow faucets, for example, can use as little as 20 percent of the water a standard model uses.
- Use a low-flow or dual-flush toilet – Like kitchen and bath fixtures, low-flow toilets use only a fraction of the water used by a standard model when flushed. Dual-flush toilet use even less, which makes them the most efficient choice.
- Install on-demand recirculation – Most homeowners must run water in the sink or bathroom for a few minutes as they wait for the hot water. This results in a huge waste of water. A recirculation pump enables the water from the water heater to reach you much faster.
- Use high-efficiency equipment – Appliances such as your dishwasher and washing machine use a large amount of water. When shopping for a new large home appliance, purchase a high-efficiency model.
- Install rain barrels – Watering your lawn and/or garden may account for as much as 40 percent of your water usage. To lower the amount you’re using, install a rain barrel to catch rainwater, which you can use for irrigation purposes.
Not only does conserving water reduce your water bill each month, the fact is that water is necessary for our way of life. Without a healthy water supply, we could hardly function as a society. So if you’re not conserving water for your bottom line, do it for nature.
For more expert advice on how to lower water bills in your home, or for issues you have concerning home comfort, contact the friendly professionals at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about lowering your water bills and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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