How to minimize your water bill this season!
Everyone knows that water is a precious resource that must be preserved. In addition, we must understand that water consumption also leads to energy consumption. First of all, there is hot water that uses energy to be heated. Then there is the energy that is used to transport water, for example from the well to the water tower. Reducing your water bill means; first and foremost, reducing your energy bill.
7 practical tips to reduce your water bill this season
Tip 1 – Eliminate water leaks
Water leaks can have very significant and avoidable effects on consumption over a year. It is thus considered that a dripping tap consumes 35m3/year and that a leaking showerhead consumes about 175m3. Leak detection is quite easy. Once all water consuming appliances (dishwasher, washing machine) are turned off, go to your water meter. If it is still running, it probably means that there is a leak in the house, now you have to find it!
Leak detection and repair is fairly easy in most cases. Thus tightening or changing the seal of a tap, or readjusting can be done without professional help most of the time and will reduce your water consumption.
Tip 2 – Know how much your water installations consume
Of course, it is not always clear whether your water installation consumes a lot of water or not. To do this, you can first look at the instructions for the devices you use to see how much they consume and which modes consume the least. Then you can check how much water is coming out of your faucets or showerhead. Very often, the flow rate is too high for the use that one makes of it. For example, a faucet that uses 7L/minute in a bathroom is too much and unnecessary. Similarly, a shower head that consumes more than 10L/min should be optimized.
A portable flow meter can be used to test how much water each appliance consume. It can be bought for around $30 and it is simple to use.
Tip 3 – Pressure limiter
Both the pressure relief valves and the economical hand shower are designed for showers or bathtubs. Their function is to reduce the amount of water consumed while maintaining the same feeling of pressure for the user. It is thus possible to reduce the water consumption of a shower by half.
Tip 4 – Water saving aerator
These are installed on the taps and allow the same sensation of flow while reducing water consumption. The reduction in water consumption can vary from 30 to 50% depending on the use of the tap.
Tip 5 – Limit the use of your bath
A bath consumes about 200L of water; a shower of 5min consumes only 20L. Avoiding baths is, therefore, a good way to save water and energy, as it will also reduce your hot water consumption.
Tip 6 – Using the ECO modes on your appliances
Dishwashers and washing machines are two important sources of water consumption. When they are not used to the maximum (half load for example) it is better to use the “eco” modes. They make it possible to significantly reduce the amount of water used without altering their operation and keeping the same efficiency.
Tip 7 – Use cold water
It usually takes a while waiting for the water to get warm when washing your hands. In this short period, you are probably wasting water from 2 litres to 8 litres. Washing your hands with cold water helps to avoid wasting this valuable resource unnecessarily.
Conclusion: It is well possible to reduce your water bill if you are committed to doing it. By reducing your water consumption you are achieving 2 things: doing a favour to the planet and saving money. You can invest as little as $100 in general for everything we have mentioned and reduce your water consumption by 40% annually. Your comfort will not be harmed by these reductions.
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