Reducing you water bill can be as simple as a 15 minute walk through the house with only a wrench and a screwdriver. Many times the first thing people tell you to do is take shorter showers and to not run the faucet while brushing your teeth. What we want to point out is that you can reduce water usage without changing your lifestyle. Whether it’s a simple leaky faucet repair or easily ensuring that your toilet isn’t running, these tips should help you reduce your water usage.
- Toilet run through: Check the toilet to make sure it’s not running water through constantly. If it is, adjust, tighten or clean the fittings.
- Toilet water level: While you’re checking for water run through, take the time to adjust the water level in the tank a bit. Most floats have an adjustment screw at the valve end. Tighten it up to lower the float.
- Low flow shower head: This takes more than just a wrench.
- Leaky faucets: Check the entire house for leaky faucets. If you find any, make the necessary adjustments with your wrench and/or screwdriver. A simple leaky faucet repair or fine tuning is a simple measure that can go a long way. If you can’t stop the leak, you may want to replace it or make a more substantial repair. Many faucets can be repaired by buying a kit to replace the washers and valve.
- Washing Machine: Check to see it your washing machine has variable water levels for smaller loads. Start using the lower setting and see if you notice a difference.
If you are really serious about cutting your water usage, then taking shorter showers and turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth are additional options.