With populations booming in drought-prone areas, water shortages and rationing are becoming more common. This often results in rationing and higher utility prices, leaving many families wondering how to cut back on water usage. If your monthly water bill is eating into your budget, try these four ideas to reduce water consumption in your home.
Switch to Low-flow Faucets
Swapping your faucets for low-flow versions is an easy way to use less water. Showerheads are very easy to change out. Just twist the old one off and twist the new one on. Tub and sink faucets require a little more know-how, but you can easily do it yourself after watching a few videos. If you’re not brave enough, a plumber can change your faucets quickly for a reasonable charge.
Update Your Appliances
Appliances like washing machines, dishwashers and toilets can waste hundreds of gallons of water each year. Swapping your old thirsty appliances for new efficient ones can pay for itself in a short amount of time. Check with your utility company to see if they offer rebates for certain appliances. You may also be eligible for state and federal tax incentives, especially if you live an area that experiences water shortages frequently.
Use a Tankless Water Heater
One of the biggest water wasters in your home is the old-fashioned hot water heater storage tank. A new tankless water heater is 8-24 percent more efficient and can save you as much as $100 per year on your water and energy bills. Installing a tankless water heater isn’t a do-it-yourself job. You will need to hire a plumber or a professional water heater installation service to properly install your tankless water heater unit.
Swap Baths for Showers
A simple, no-cost way to save water is to take showers instead of baths whenever possible. An average-length shower with a low-flow shower head uses significantly less water than a bath, especially if you have a deep tub. For the times when only a bath will do, remember to reuse your bath water for things like watering the garden or install a gray water system to use it for flushing the toilet. If you have small children, they can share baths to save water.
If everyone followed these four tips for reducing home water usage, water shortages and rationing could be reduced or eliminated in many areas. Do your part to conserve water and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to follow your example.