Yes, water is cheap, people mostly take the importance for granted thus resulting for the majority to end up wasting in close proximity to $1000/year on something that is basically free. Saving on water not only reduces energy costs, but importantly lessens your monthly water bill and helps our environment and the future.
Here are some water conservation tips at home and save on your water bill.
1. Periodically examine toilets, pipes and faucets for leakages and outflows.
Even tiny drips coming from a worn out faucet washer can throw away up to 80 liters of water each day, and bigger leakages will throw away hundreds of liters. And imagine this, a leak of just one drop for each second, waste almost about 10, 000 liters of water annually, which is comparable to 18 baths in a month! It’s not really beneficial to pay on something you have not used, right?
We use the most water within out bathrooms and toilets. A regular toilet consumes about 25 liters of water every time we flush. Change your toilets to modernized models. New market releases now have dual button options for big and small flushes, using only about 4 and 7 liter flushes. If you replace your 25 liter/flush toilet to a more economical 7 liter flush cuts you about 33% in indoor water use, and saves about 70 percent water usage in your toilets. Another way to save water within your bathroom is through your shower use. It is most beneficial to use low-flow shower heads which can help you save 60% water as compared to the regular ones. Don’t run the tap when you brush your teeth, when you do so, 8 liters of water is wasted per minute! You do not only save as much as $80 a year in just your bathroom and toilets, but conserves about 35, 000 liters of water/year. So, how smart is that?
3. Install rainwater tanks to harvest rain.
Rainwater tanks might be expensive but in the long run these storage resources greatly help you cut on your water bill costs. You can make use of the collected rainwater to water your plants, clean your cars, flush your toilets and can be used for your laundry. 1mm of rain for every square meter equals one liter of water into your tank. By computation, if you have a roof of 14 meters long by 12 meters wide, you have a 168 square meter area, so lets say if in your area will have a very passing storm that can drop 1mm of rain on your roof, you would receive 1mmx168 = 168 liters of rainwater in your tank. Deciding the size of rainwater tank to use will depend on usage demand, where you would want to situate the tank and the size of your area. Also there are areas where government offers rebates for homeowners who would embrace the use of water tanks like Australia.
So, you just can imagine how much saving you can get by practicing these little ways. Sometimes in life, it’s the little things that mean the most.