Although water is needed to sustain life, most Orlando homeowners could be a little more conservative with their usage. Day to day activities such as showering, laundry and dishwashing can take their toll on resources, but there are some simple steps you can take to prevent waste and reduce your water bill in the process. Here are some tips to get you started.
Deal With Leaks
Check for leaks from all exposed pipes, faucets and toilets on a regular basis, or have your plumber do it for you. To check for toilet leaks, place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait for 20 minutes without flushing. If you see colored water in the toilet bowl after that time, you have a leak. Complete repairs in a timely manner, as a month’s worth of drips can equal hundreds of gallons of water.
Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full, using the energy saving setting for each. If you need to wash a smaller load of clothing, adjust the load size setting on the machine.
Place an insulated blanket around the water heater and insulate hot water pipes. This keeps the water warm within the pipes, cutting down on the time you need to run the tap to receive water at the desired temperature.
When it’s time to replace appliances, choose energy-efficient models displaying the Energy Star label.
A five-minute shower uses much less water than a bath, and a low-flow shower head can help reduce your water bill even more. Also consider installing low-flow toilets, or place a toilet dam in each tank, which you can purchase at a hardware or home improvement store.
Forget the Disposal
Your garbage disposal can consume up to four gallons of water per minute. Instead, use food scraps for composting, or wrap and place them in the trash.
For more tips on how to reduce your water bill, call the experts at Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions. Since 1969, we’ve been providing unparalleled service to homeowners in Orlando and the surrounding areas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about water bills and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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