Your home's plumbing system can be inefficient for a variety of different reasons, but no matter the cause, the costs will be reflected on your monthly water bills. Understanding the various ways in which your home's plumbing can be costing you extra money each month can motivate you to install some of the following methods that are designed to cut down on your water usage.
The best way to ensure that your outdoor plumbing installations, specifically your sprinklers and soakers, are working efficiently is to install a timer on the system. This will ensure that your sprinklers will automatically shut off – providing a more consistent water supply to your yard and garden, and helping to reduce wasted water. For an even more efficient system, consider purchasing timers that have a rain sensor built in.
Alternative to the above point, you may want to install rain barrels in your yard to collect water that runs out of your gutter system. You can use the collected water to irrigate your lawn and garden using soaker hoses, reducing your water usage significantly more than a sprinkler timer or rain sensor will.
Aerators are small and inexpensive pieces of metal which can be screwed into the opening of the faucets in your home. They reduce water flow with the intention of preventing water from splashing out of your sink, which brings the added benefit of turning your faucet into a more efficient water fixture. Aerators can be found at most hardware stores, and can be easily installed yourself to save you money.
New Showerheads and Appliances
In a similar vein to the above point, you may want to consider replacing your shower heads and water using appliances with low-flow or high-efficiency models. Unfortunately, these improvements and replacements are not as affordable as screwing an aerator into a sink's tap, but they will help reduce your overall water usage and save you money each month – over a long enough period, they will make up for their initial cost.
Avoid Some Appliances, and Use Others
In order to reduce your water usage, you may also want to change your appliance habits. You should avoid using your garbage disposal to get rid of food scraps. Instead, start a compost heap or simply scrape your food into the garbage can. Alternatively, you should avoid washing dishes by hand, and instead use the dishwasher, as this will use less water overall. This comes with the caveat that the dishwasher has to be full – and keep in mind that high-efficiency models are still the way to go for maximum water savings.