Are you looking for some tips to save you money each month? Plumb Doctor put together a list of 7 easy things that you can do to lower your water and electric bill. Even if you implement just a few of these changes, the savings can add up over time!
Lower the temperature on your water heater
The ideal temperature to set your water heater at is 120 degrees. By lowering your water heater from 140 degrees to 120 degrees, you can save 4-22% on your annual water heating costs. If you are going on vacation or leaving your home for an extended amount of time, you may consider turning off the water heater to save you some extra money as well.
Wash your clothes in cold water and skip the permanent press cycle
When you wash your clothes in warm or hot water, the water heater has to do a lot of work which costs you money. By doing laundry with cold water, you can shave off an estimated $40 a year on your electric bill. You can also save on your water bill by skipping the permanent press cycle. This cycle has an extra rinse cycle which uses an extra 5 gallons of water per wash.
Make sure your appliances are in good working order
Appliances that are not working properly use up more energy to get the job done- costing you more on your monthly electric bill. It’s important to do regular checks on appliances and confront any issues when they first start. If it comes time to change out your appliances, we always recommend energy efficient models.
Reduce the amount of heat you use on your dishwasher
Just like washing machines, dishwashers use a lot of energy to heat. Most dishwashers have an option for a heated dry which can be disabled. The heated dry helps to reduce water spots on dishes, but you can also accomplish this with a rinsing aid and then hand drying the dishes. Reducing the heat use on your dishwasher and loading it as efficiently as possible can help shave off some extra money on your monthly electric bill.
Investigate small leaks
Fixing leaks when they are small can not only save you on more costly future repairs, but it will save you on your water bill as well. Many times, a leaking faucet gets fixed because it is noticeable and annoying, but a leaking toilet is often overlooked. Leaking toilets are the leading cause of high water bills. To determine if your toilet has a leak, add 5 drops of food coloring to the tank. If after 10 minutes the color of water in the bowl has changed, you have a leak.
Use less water while brushing your teeth and shaving, or install water efficient faucets
If you want to lower your water bill, it is important to think about the small things that you do every day that wastes water. Instead of leaving the water running while you brush your teeth or shave, consider turning off the water while completing these tasks. Another way to conserve water, even while it is running, is to install an aerator or Watersense-certified faucet. These conserve water without compromising performance and are 30% more efficient than the standard faucet.
Take shorter showers or convert to a low flow shower head
Showers and baths are the 3rd largest water use in the home. Just like the tip above, by using less water, you can save on your water bill. A low flow shower head can range in price from $8 to $50, so there are affordable options (We ARE trying to save money here, right?!). Annual savings on your water bill with a low flow shower head for a family of four is $135!
As a final thought, remember that although some of these changes may seem small, added up they can make a big difference. Even if you are able to implement a few changes and save $25 per month, that is a $300 savings per year!
Do you have other tips for saving money on your monthly bills? If so, leave them in the comments below!