The temperature is rising, and that means we’re using more water! You’re probably looking for ways to save water, and to save MONEY. So here are our top “thirsty-thrifty” tips!
We understand that you want to water your lawn, but so many people waste their sprinkler water! One common way people do this is by incorrectly aiming their sprinklers, so they are giving the sidewalk or the road a nice spray … That doesn’t do much for your yard!
Also, there’s no reason your sprinkler has to be watering for ages and ages. If you invest in a sprinkler timer, which usually costs anywhere from $30 to $80, you actually save an average of $15 a year on your water bill. And you’ll be saving the planet, by saving 10,000 gallons of water a year! Isn’t that amazing?
Another way to save water and money is to buy new plumbing.
And we’re not just saying that! If you have an old toilet, and you install a high-efficiency toilet to replace it, you save about $50 to $100 every year.
Don’t believe us? Well, if your toilet was made in the 80s or 90s, it uses five to seven gallons per flush. That may not sound too bad, but modern toilets use only two gallons, or in some cases, even less!
While the price of a single gallon of water varies from state to state, here in Phoenix, according to AZ Central News, it costs about $31 for the 9,000 gallons of water the average family uses each month.
That averages about 1/3 of one cent for every gallon of water.
Now, that may not sound like much, but let’s say you’re saving 5 gallons every time you flush the toilet. That’s about 2 cents for every flush. (“Just my 2 cents,” eh?)
Then, let’s say the average household flushes the toilet 15 times each day. That means saving $0.30 a day, which translates into saving $109.50 a year! As you can imagine, the new toilet will pay for itself fast. (And that’s without even mentioning the benefits of the toilet itself, like reduced risk of clogging!)
Drowning in Money
Last but not least, to answer the question posed in the title: Does a reduced flow / low-flow showerhead save a decent amount of water? Does it save you money?
Yes! And it’s a similar amount of savings as the new toilet!
That’s because the average showerhead releases 2 gallons of water per minute, while a low-flow shower head releases 1.5 gallons per minute.
That means if you take a 10-minute shower, you’ve saved 5 gallons … the same amount as you would by flushing a high-efficiency toilet instead of an older toilet.
Although, we’re not going to sit here and tell you that if you take a 20 minute shower, you’ve doubled those savings. Just take a shorter shower!
If our article has piqued your interest in new plumbing, contact us or give us a call at (602) 273-7247.
And above all, “Don’t let the water run!”