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How To Stop High Water Bills From Draining Your Finances

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Want to avoid high water bills this year? By making some home improvements and changing your habits, you can consume less water and splash out less money. Below are 5 tips for reducing your water bill.

How To Stop High Water Bills From Draining Your Finances

Fix your flush

Toilet flushing technology has come a long way in the last few decades. Modern toilets are often fitted with multiple buttons to control the amount of water used per flush. Upgrading from a single lever flush to a multi-button flush could help you to save money.

It’s important to also repair your flush if the pressure is weak or it keeps dribbling afterwards – you shouldn’t have to flush multiple times per use, nor should water keep leaking out after flushing it. By hiring a plumber to fix your flush, you could lower your water bill considerably and reduce local water demand (preventing water bans and protecting your environment). This post lists a few other eco friendly bathroom ideas to consider. 

Don’t ignore leaks

Plumbing leaks can occur all around the house. The most obvious tend to be dripping taps or damaged seals. However, water can also leak from hidden pipes in walls or under floors. It’s important to identify and patch up leaks quickly to prevent paying high water bills. Leaks that aren’t from dripping taps can also often cause water damage to your home and mould growth if not repaired in good time. Beyond spikes in your water bills, look out for warning signs like pressure problems or damp patches on walls. 

Shower more, bath less

The average person uses 20 more litres of water when taking a bath than when having a shower. By showering more and taking baths less, you could conserve water. Of course, it depends on how long your showers are, or whether you share bath water with others as to whether baths are truly more economical than showers.

Harvest rainwater

During summer heatwaves, as much as 50% of our household water usage can be for garden purposes. Instead of using water directly from the tap to hydrate plants or fill a pond, consider using rainwater. You can collect rainwater in rain barrels throughout the year and then use this water for all your gardening needs. Such water is free and can often be full of minerals that are great for your plants. By using rainwater, you could greatly reduce your water bills each year. Just be wary that rainwater cannot be used for other household purposes without being processed first. 

Consider a water meter

A water meter can tell you exactly how much your water is costing you as you are using it. Like a smart energy meter, it could help you to think more economically about your water usage by helping you identify habits and appliances that are using lots of water. Your local water company should have information online about installing a meter. Some meters can link up to an app on your smartphone so that you can see how much you’re spending on your device from anywhere.

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