How Can I Save Money On My Water Bill?
No one likes to be surprised with a high water bill. If you do find yourself in this predicament – you are not alone. At Exeter Plumbing, we get many calls from customers asking how they can save money on their water bill.
Luckily there are a few simple things you can do. Here are a few tips to keep some extra dollars in your pocket.
1. Check For Leaks And Fix Dripping Taps
Checking for leaks isn’t as hard as it sounds and you can do it yourself. One of the simplest and easiest ways to tell if you have a water leak on your premises is to read your water meter. This can be done by turning off all taps and water-using devices on your property. This includes no flushing toilets, not using washing machines or dishwashers, automatic sprinklers etc..
Once you are confident all water-using devices are not in use, check your meter reading. We suggest writing it down or taking a picture of the numbers on your phone.
Wait for at least 30 minutes or even better overnight and then check the dial again. If the dial numbers have changed and you are confident that no water was intentionally used in the meantime, you have a water leak.
If this is the case, call us on 1300 155 944 and we will send one of our experts to find the leak and fix the issue for you.
2. Install Water Saving Appliances
If you are installing new plumbing fixtures such as taps, showers or toilets it is wise to choose ones which conserve water. According to the Energy and Water Ombudsman of NSW installing a water-efficient showerhead can save a family of four around $315 a year. This can be done by comparing the water rating label or Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS). The WELS rating is a 6 star rating and helps you compare the water efficiency of a range of appliances and fixtures. Most water saving fixtures pay for themselves in the long run. If you have an old toilet or taps now is the time think long term and consider replacing them with better water/money-saving options.
3. Run The Dishwasher On A Full Load
Make sure before you turn the dishwasher on that the dishwasher is full. If you are not using a dishwasher to wash your dishes, make sure the plug is in the sink. This saves water and therefore saves you money!
4. Catch Unused Water
Saving money can be as simple as catching the cool water that comes from the tap while you wait for the hot water to come. The collected water can be used to water indoor or outdoor plants, flush toilets or to fill your kettle.
Another easy tip is to turn the tap off while you brush your teeth or are shaving.
5. Install A Rain Water Tank
Don’t waste rain water. After all it is free! Rain water tanks are essential as they capture and store the precious rain water from your roof. This collected water can then be used around your home and garden. Australia’s harsh and dry environment is a constant reminder to conserve water and to use it wisely. Not only does a rain water tank help store water, in the long run, you can save money as they help to reduce your water bill.
6. Take Shorter Showers
This does not have to be as daunting as a 2 minute shower. Simply time your usual shower and commit to reducing it. This can be done by setting a timer 1 minute less than your normal shower time. Every little bit counts.
Need More Help?
Exeter Plumbing are always here to help. We can help you implement and talk to you about more personalised ways you and your family can reduce your water bill. Talk to our plumbers today on 1300 155 944 and let’s make your next water bill a good surprise!
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