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Ways To Conserve Water So You Can Control Your Water Bill

If your water bill is too high, you might be able to reduce it by making some changes to your plumbing. You don't want to pay for wasted water, so start by looking where you waste water and figure out ways to conserve water when possible. Here are some things to try when you want to reduce your water bill.

Track Down And Fix All Leaks

Water leaks can be difficult to find, especially if they are small and hard to detect by looking at your water meter. A small drip adds up over the course of a billing cycle, so try to find all the leaks in your plumbing. You might need a plumber's help if you have a leak and can't find it.

Start by watching your water meter to see if it moves when all of the faucets are shut off. You can also use a moisture meter or infrared camera to check the walls and floors of your home for a leak. A tiny leak that's gone on for a long time may have caused water damage you can detect visually or by smelling a musty odor. Be sure to check all visible pipes, including the ones under your sinks.

It's also good to check pipes around appliances such as the water heater and dishwasher. Keep these appliances in good repair, since they may use more water than necessary if they leak while running or are not operating properly.

Switch To Water-Saving Toilets And Faucets

You can save water while you're using it by switching to a low-flow showerhead and faucets that operate with motion detection so they shut off automatically. You can also buy a new toilet that uses less water with each flush. You may need to visit a plumbing showroom to learn about water-conserving toilets and devices so you make the right choice for your budget.

Change Your Lifestyle Habits

There are probably things you can do to reduce the amount of water you use such as showering instead of taking baths, running the washing machine only when you have a full load, and only flushing the toilet when you need to get rid of solid waste. The changes you make don't need to be drastic and impact you in a negative way. Simple, small changes add up to saving a lot of water over the course of a month, especially if you stop water leaks and use water-saving plumbing devices in your home. The less water you use, the lower your water bill will be.