With the recent introduction of the water charges, water consumption and the costs associated with it have been highlighted. This has had the result of making people very conscious of the amount of water that they use given that it will have a corresponding cost! If you are serious about conserving water while saving money on your water bill at the same time, we have compiled some handy plumbing tips to help you do just that. Keep reading to see what they are.
Installing new appliances such as low-flow showers and more water efficient washing machines and dishwashers will dramatically reduce the amount of water you use. As toilets are one of the biggest culprits of water consumption, the installation of a dual flush toilet will also significantly reduce the amount of water you use when flushing the toilet. While the purchase of these appliances may represent a considerable outlay initially, the savings you make in the long run will mean that these appliances will pay for themselves as well as save you money on your water bill.
Leaking taps account for a major proportion of water consumption in your house and fixing them is one of the quickest and easiest plumbing jobs you can do. More often than not, a leaky tap is the result of a worn or perished rubber washer, which can be bought very cheaply in any hardware shop. By regularly checking your taps and ensuring that all their washers are replaced when necessary, you will save yourself a considerable amount of money in water charges.
You should always ensure that you are familiar with the location of your water shutoff valve and more importantly, that you know how to shut it off. In the event of a leak, being able to locate and shut off the main water supply to your home will save you a hefty water bill as well as saving you thousands in water damage repair. Similarly, if you are going away on holiday or leaving your home for an extended period of time, it is always a good idea to turn off the main water supply to your home to prevent any leaks or accidents while you are away.
With age, your toilet can start to leak water from the tank to the bowl, which will, in turn, lead to an increase in charges on your water bill. To investigate whether you have a leaky toilet, pour some food colouring into the tank and wait for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. If any of the coloured water finds its way into the bowl, then you have clear evidence that your toilet has a leak and should be repaired.
Having listed just four plumbing tips above, there are multitudes of other ways and practices that you can implement so that you can keep the figure on your water bill as low as possible. The list above is definitely a good place to start so take action and save save save!