Unless you have a money tree growing in your backyard or a trust fund, you are probably looking for ways to save money around your home. One place to start is by looking at your family’s water consumption. By reducing the amount of water that you use both inside and outside of your home, you may be able to save on your water bill along with doing something good for the environment by conserving water.

Think about where you use water the most in your home: your kitchen and bathrooms. These are areas where you can easily reduce your family’s water consumption without a lot of extra effort or up-front costs. In fact, a few small changes could add up to big savings.

Start in the Bathroom

Check your pipes and faucets for leaks. A small drip from a faucet may be wasting up to 20 gallons of water every day. If you have a larger leak, you could be wasting hundreds of gallons of water. Many leaks can be repaired inexpensively by replacing worn washers.

You may not even realize your toilet is leaking. An easy way to check for this is to add a small amount of food coloring to the water in the tank. Do not flush your toilet. If within 30 minutes you begin to see color in your bowl, you have a leak that should be repaired. When caught early, many repairs to your toilet are inexpensive and easy to do.

Conserve water by installing aerators to your faucets and switching to water-saving shower heads. Limit the amount of time spent in the shower and avoid letting the faucet run while shaving or brushing teeth.

Consider upgrading your toilet to a low flush model. You may be able to reduce your indoor water usage by almost 30 percent. If you would rather keep your current toilet, one way to reduce the amount of water used is to place plastic bottles that are weighed down with a small amount of sand to reduce the volume of water needed to fill your tank.

If you suspect that you are using more water than you can account for in your bathroom, you may want to consider calling Bill Fenwick Plumbing, your residential plumber in Jacksonville, FL to rule out any hidden leaks. Using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, we can find and repair plumbing leaks that would otherwise go undetected and may cause extensive damage over time.

In the Kitchen                          

Only run your automatic dishwasher when you have a full load of dishes. Avoid pre-rinsing dishes when possible to reduce the amount of water used. If you wash dishes by hand, do not keep the faucet running continuously.

If you do not have a dishwasher and  have a single sink, wash several dishes before turning the water back on for rinsing. A double-sink is best because you can use one for soapy water and the other can be filled with clean water for rinsing your dishes. Considering hiring a residential plumber in Jacksonville, FL to upgrade your sink to one that better fits your needs.

Limit your use of your in-sink garbage disposal, if you have one. In order for these units to work properly, you need to use a considerable amount of water. Instead, put your food waste to good use by recycling it in a compost pile for your garden as free fertilizer.

Instead of running your tap for a cold drink of water, store water in your refrigerator to keep it cold and ready to drink. Be sure to use containers that are safe for storing water.

Don’t Forget the Outside!

Be sure to check outdoor faucets and hoses for leaks on a regular basis. Small leaks do add up and can be easily fixed by replacing hose washers. Avoid bigger problems by hiring a residential plumber in Jacksonville, FL to replace faucets and fix leaking pipes, as needed.

Consider using rain barrels to capture rainwater for use in your garden or flower beds. Soaker hoses or drip-irrigation systems are better options for watering your plants and shrubs than traditional water hoses because more water reaches the ground.

Avoid watering your lawn or plants in the afternoon or after sundown. Watering earlier in the day will reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation and reduce the chance of fungus growth from overnight dampness.

If you are serious about reducing your water bill, you may want to consider remodeling your home’s bathrooms and upgrading your kitchen.