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World Environment Day Tips to Help You Save on Your Water Bill

As World Environment Day approaches, it’s hard not to think about the many environmental issues that we currently face. While there are a number of urgent issues that can sometimes feel overwhelming, it’s important to remember that even small changes can make a difference.

This is especially true if we all do our part to make some changes. One simple thing you can do this year to help the environment is using less water, and your plumbing system can help. Here are a few tips on ways to save water while also saving on your water bill.

Use Low-Flushing Toilets

lowflushingtoiletsA low-flush or high-efficiency toilet uses significantly less water than a full-flush toilet, and this simple change can reduce the amount of water that your bathroom plumbing uses by as much as 50 percent.

Low-flush toilets use 1.6 gallons of water or less for each flush, as opposed to 3.5 to 7 gallons for full-flush toilets. Low-flush toilets use either a gravity or a pressure-assisted technology to ensure that they work effectively.

While newer homes generally have low-flush toilets, if your bathroom plumbing was installed before the 1990s, it likely is a full-flush toilet. By updating your toilet, you could not only significantly reduce the amount of water that you use, but you could also save around $90 a year on your water bill. This is a win for you and the environment.

Repair Shower Faucet Leaks

showerfaucetsEven the smallest water leak, if it’s running regularly, can waste a significant amount of water. As a result, it’s important to identify and repair any faucet leaks in your home.

Regularly check your bathroom plumbing to ensure that all faucets are turned off, with no drips or leaks that will take a toll on your water usage.

If you notice any leaks, don’t let them keep running any longer. Instead, call a plumber and have them repaired as soon as possible. You’ll be surprised by the impact that it has on your water bill.

Inspect Pipes for Leaks

pipeleaksIn addition to checking faucets, it’s important to check the pipes throughout your home for any leaks. While you’d likely know if you had a major leak, even a small drip can have an impact on your water usage and can lead to bigger problems.

Inspecting and repairing pipes is a situation where you will be helping both yourself and the environment. If you haven’t done so recently, have a professional come and check all the pipes in your home.

Not only will this ensure that everything is working smoothly, but it will also identify any problems before they become an emergency. Equally important, this will enable you to locate and repair any leaks - however big or small. In addition to these tips, try to keep an eye out for any inefficiencies in your home and for ways that you can save water, even if it’s a small amount.

Let’s all do our best to save a little bit of water to help protect the environment this World Environment Day. If you’re concerned about your water usage or your plumbing, call Affordable Plumbing, Heating & Air today at (251) 990-5248 to schedule an appointment.