The summer season is almost here! That means it’s time for swimming, extra lawn care, and a potentially rising water bill. You might see your water bill increase during the summer months, but how do you know if you’re wasting too much water? We’ve got the tips you need to know to keep your water usage under control. Trust us, your monthly bill (and the earth) will thank you!
Conserve water inside your home
There are several easy ways you can conserve water inside your home. Making some of these small changes can add up to bigger savings on your water bill.
- Wash full loads. This one works for dishes and laundry! Up to 20% of a household’s water bill can come just from washing your clothes. Make a family pact to only wash full loads and avoid washing just a few items at a time. Being smart about space in the dishwasher and the washing machine is one of the biggest ways your family can be conservative.
- Save water in the bathroom. Be conscious about letting the water flow while you’re brushing your teeth or taking showers. A nice long shower can be relaxing,so try switching to a low-flow showerhead. It can save up to 15 gallons of water per shower!
- Fix leaky faucets and drains. A few drips here and there might not seem like a big deal, but it can make a big difference on your water bill! Take an afternoon to make sure all of your faucets and drains are working properly.
- Don’t flush away money! Most toilets use about 3.5 gallons per flush. While you can save money by switching to a low flush toilet, you can save even more money by doing it yourself! You can make a DIY low flush toilet by adding a heavy item (like a brick or stone) in the back of the tank to displace the water and conserve more water per flush. Also, if you notice that your toilet is running or leaking, call Strittmatters! Don’t let those leaks add any more money to your water bill.
Conserve water outside your home
- Be smart when watering your lawn. The first thing you should check before taking care of your lawn is your city’s water restrictions. If you’re good to go, check to make sure your grass actually needs to be watered. Keep an eye on weather patterns so you can stop automatic sprinklers if you need to. There’s no need to waste water on lawn care if a summer rain shower has just moved through! If you’re still curious about your lawn’s hydration, just step on the grass. If the grass stays flat after you lift your foot, it’s probably time to water your lawn.
- Maintain your sprinkler system. Do you find soggy spots on your lawn? Or do you notice a sprinkler head that doesn’t look right? Sprinkler systems can crack, break down, or leak and cause your water bill to spike. If you notice changes in your lawn or your water bill, give Strittmatters a call. We’ll send out an expert plumber to diagnose the problem and get everything back in working order in no time.
- Take a look at your water meter. If you think you might have a leak somewhere, do a test with your water meter. Take a look at the reading when you know no one will be using water for a few hours. After the time period is up, check the reading again. If the two numbers do not match, then you might have a leak!
These are just a few tips to help you save money on your monthly bill and conserve more water. If you have any questions about your water usage or if you think you might have a problem, call us at 940-566-1122. The Strittmatter team will be happy to make sure your plumbing is working efficiently and not costing you more than it should!