How To Lower Your Water Bill

Spiking utility bills can wreak havoc on anyone's household budget. Gas and electric bills certainly do their damage, but water bills can also be a drain on your bank account. If you believe your water bill is higher than it should be, you can try a few ways to remedy the problem.

Checking for Leaks

Plumbing leaks are one of the main causes for high water bills. Some leaks may require the services of a plumber to find and fix, particularly leaks in buried or concealed pipes. In some instances, you will be able to detect problems on your own. One simple leak detection test for a "silent" toilet tank leak is to put food coloring in the tank and let it sit for approximately 30 minutes. After that time, check to see if any color has leaked into the bowl. If it has, you probably have a flapper leak, something you can fix yourself. Leaking faucets can often be corrected by replacing O-rings. You can also check your water meter by turning off all the water in your house. If no water is running but your meter continues to spin, you know you have a water leak somewhere. 

Water-Saving Methods

If you are interested in reducing your water bill, you can employ a variety of do-it-yourself methods. For instance, you can greatly reduce the amount of water you use for washing your clothes by avoiding the permanent press setting cycle as much as possible since it uses up to one-third more water than some other cycles. Also, do not wash small loads of clothing if you can possibly help it. Wait until you have a full load. If you urgently need an item or two, handwash it. 

Taking shorter showers can help make your water bill more manageable as well. If you are truly dedicated to saving water, you can turn off the faucet while you soap or lather up and then turn the water back on to rinse off. Often, you leave the water running for no reason except convenience. Everytime water goes down your drains for no reason, you are giving away your money.

If your water bills have gotten out of hand, you can take steps to get them back under control. Check for water leaks and consult a professional if necessary. Be mindful of how much water you are using for laundry and personal hygiene. Simply paying attention to your water use can significantly reduce your water bill.