The fact that residential water is becoming more expensive with every bill sent out is not news to residents of Fort Worth, TX, but the good news is that there are ways that you can cut down on your water consumption by making just a few simple lifestyle changes. You can also save money by upgrading and retrofitting your plumbing system.
This is especially important if you are dealing with a plumbing system that is always leaking because just one problem like this can raise your water bill by 30% over one year. This means that if you have two leaking pipes or faucets or a leaking toilet tank that your bill can be increased 60% over a year. This is why you need to make sure that all of your faucets and fixtures are in tip-top shape before you put any water conservation measures into daily practice.
Start by Taking Showers Instead of Having a Bath
The first step you should take to conserve water in your home is to ban the taking of baths. A full bathtub can require up to 60 gallons of water to fill, but an eight-minute shower only requires 15 to 20 gallons of water.
This amounts to a substantial saving on your water bill that will appear on next month’s bill. Your plumbing expert will also recommend that you install a low-flow showerhead in your shower to lower your costs by another thirty percent.
Stop Hosing Your Car Down At Home and Take It to a Car Wash
One of the most frivolous uses of water is washing your vehicle at home. It is much cheaper to simply take it to the local drive-through car wash, which costs less than $25.00.
These car washes have state-of-the-art water recycling systems as well as low-flow high-pressure spraying mechanisms that easily get your car clean fast.
When you wash your car at home, the greywater is more toxic and runs straight into the lake, and most of the water pouring out of your garden hose often ends up running down the driveway pavement and into the sewer.
Outfit Your Appliances with Hoses to Distribute Greywater
Any appliance that uses rinse water in your home can be hooked up to a flexible hose and the water funneled outside. It can then be used to water grass, flowers and plants.
Greywater can also be hauled from basins and sinks in pails and used for the same purpose. However, avoid using water that contains bleach, ammonia or human waste as that can contaminate your garden and cause poisoning.