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Plumbing Tips for Conserving Water & Saving Money on Your Water Bill

Did you know that there are real ways to conserve water and save on your water bill each month? Here are some little known facts about your water consumption in your own home:


Toilets: A modern toilet uses 1.6 to 3 gallons of water with every flush. Older toilets made before 1982 used 5-7 gallons with every flush. A running toilet uses about 4.5 gallons per minute, that equals about 300 gallons per hour and 6,480 gallons per day. Have no fear, this problem typically occurs when the flapper gets broken and doesn't close properly. All flappers deteriorate overtime and can decrease in water usage efficiency. If you are worried about it, call us to come check yours out. This small fix could save you big bucks on your water bill.


Dishes: Did you know that washing dishes by hand is actually more wasteful than using the dishwasher? When you hand wash your dishes you use about 27 gallons of water for "one load". Whereas, running one load of dishes through the dish washer uses about 3 gallons of water. Instead of hand washing your dishes try running your dishwasher more often. It truly does save water and will save you money.


Bathing: Which is better for water consumption? A bath or shower? The correct answer is a shower. A 10-minute shower uses about 25 gallons of water whereas, a typical adult bath takes about 70 gallons of water. Wow, right?


Sink Faucet: On average a sink uses about 4-8 gallons per minute. This can depend on factors like age of the faucet and pipes, type of faucet and the water pressure. A quick and easy fix for water waste is to be conscious of how often you leave the water faucet running.


Using the knowledge from any of these tips could help you conserve water during this particularly bad drought and help you save on your water bill. If you want us to come out and assess where you may be losing water give us a call, we would be more than happy to help.