Should you be trying harder to save water? Even though Salt Lake City residents have one of the lowest average water bills when compared to urban areas across the U.S., Utah is still the second-driest state and has the second-highest per capita water usage.
A large portion of the cost of water is related to the cost of maintenance on the public water system. So if Utah decides to update its infrastructure, you can expect your water bill to jump.
In the meantime, your water costs are rising because it’s summer in the desert: You’re using more water for landscaping, for fun and for drinking. It’s normal, but it’s not necessarily good for your budget.
Over the course of the next year, you can learn to save water and lower costs, so when the next dry season comes around, you’re prepared to keep bills lower and avoid breaking the bank.
Here are the top six ways to save water at home:
1. Add Insulation to Your Pipes
When you add insulation to your pipes, it takes less time for your water to heat up. This means you’re running your shower or tap less, since you don’t have to wait for it to get warm. Try to focus on pipes that are installed adjacent to an exterior wall — these are the pipes that need insulation the most.
2. Only Run Appliances When They’re Full
Don’t run your washing machine or dishwasher when it’s only half full; it wastes water and energy. Unless your appliance specifically has a setting for half-full loads, wait until the dishes and laundry pile up to run a cycle.
3. Adjust Your Sprinkler System
Are your sprinkler heads watering your lawn or the driveway? Adjust the heads so most of the water lands on the grass. Also, make sure you’re only using your system as much as is needed to keep grass alive, not wasting resources over-soaking the ground.
4. Install Low-Flow Shower Heads and Faucet Aerators
You’ll be surprised what a change you’ll see when you switch out your aging shower head for a low-flow version! You’ll see a faster stream of water that cleans more effectively, but you won’t use as much water. The same goes for your faucets when you install faucet aerators.
5. Transition to Energy-Efficient Appliances
If your appliances are over 10 years old, it might be time to upgrade. Newer appliances are more energy-efficient, and they save you thousands of gallons of water over the course of a year. Make sure your new appliances are Energy Star-approved.
6. Hire a Plumber to Check for Silent Leaks
Silent toilet leaks can waste gallons every day. It’s not easy to detect the source of water leaks in your home, but a plumber can help assess your entire system to make sure it’s functioning at maximum efficiency, making the necessary repairs to any issues discovered along the way.
Connectionz Can Help
Connectionz Plumbing, Heating & Air specializes in affordable, effective plumbing solutions for Utah homeowners. When you need help locating leaks, replacing an outdated dishwasher or fixing any plumbing issue, we are here for you. Call today and get the fast, efficient plumbing assistance you need.