According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans waste approximately 1 trillion gallons of water each year.
This number equates to the annual household water use of over 11 million homes across the United States. About 10,000 gallons of the water wasted is caused by household leaks.
Let’s take a look at how you can reduce your monthly water bill.
How to Reduce Your Monthly Water Bill
You may not realize it, but the things you take for granted are probably increasing your water bill month after month.
Some common types of leaks that are found in the home include dripping sink faucets and shower heads, worn toilet flappers, and irrigation systems. So what can you do to reduce the water usage?
let’s take a look.
Faucets and Shower Heads
It’s incredible how far a simple fix can go to reduce your monthly water bill.
- A leaky sink faucet can waste more than 3,000 gallons per a year, which is the equivalent to the water needed for over 180 showers.
- A leaky shower head can waste more than 500 gallons per a year, which equates to the water needed to wash roughly 60 loads of dishes in the dishwasher.
- While many leaky shower heads and faucets can be fixed by securing the connection with a wrench, homeowners are urged to replace extremely worn faucet washers and gaskets.
If you haven’t already, be sure to update your toilets to more water-wise toilet systems.
- Most leaky toilets are caused by a faulty toilet flapper. As time progresses, this piece of rubber will slowly decay as the minerals build up.
- Replacing the toilet flapper is a easy process that could save a household $2,400 in water bills.
Did you know the average household uses 30% of their monthly water on outdoor irrigation?
It’s something we simply can’t afford these days considering the arid conditions, increasing temperatures, and increasing costs of water.
- Experts recommend checking a home’s irrigation system each spring to ensure that is has not been damaged by frost or freezing from the previous winter.
- An irrigation system with a leak of 1/32nd of an inch in diameter may waste about 6,300 gallons of water per a month.
- Homeowners should also check the garden hose for leaks at the connection to the spigot. The best way to prevent leaks is to replace a rubber or nylon hose washer with a wrench.
Maintaining a leak-free home by repairing or replacing toilets flappers, garden hoses, outdoor irrigation systems, and dripping faucets or shower heads will drastically reduce the amount of water that is wasted each year.
Fixing all of these household leaks can save a homeowner 10 percent on their monthly water bills.