Scott J. Binsack, CEO of Mansions and Estates International Consulting

As a homeowner, your water bill can get very pricey. Nobody likes spending more than necessary, but fortunately, there are lots of simple techniques you can use to save water without inconveniencing yourself and your family.

Identify Leaks

Check common locations such as faucets and under the sink to look for leaks. Also, check your outdoor spigots and check the toilet for leaks (which can be indicated by random “running” and filling that occurs without your interaction.)  If you find a leak, get it repaired as soon as possible.

Also remember that no all leaks are blatantly visible or overly apparent, so look to your water meter and record the reading. Then, wait four hours and endeavor to avoid using any water during that timeframe. If the water meter reading has changed after four hours have elapsed, then this indicates the presence of a leak.

Leaks can not only cause water damage, but a single dripping faucet can literally waste hundreds of gallons annually.

Install Efficient Toilets, Faucets and Shower heads

Today’s new, highly efficient faucets, showers and toilets are significantly more effective than their older counterparts. For instance, today’s toilets can use half the amount of a toilet from 20 years ago. And today’s low-flow shower heads use just 2.5 gallons per minute or less.

So make the investment in high efficiency faucets (and low-flow aerators), shower heads and toilets, You’ll be shocked by how much water you’ll save when you convert to these more efficient, modern models.

For those who don’t want to go through the hassle of replacing toilets, simply get a few soda bottles and fill them half-way with sand or stones. Then, place 2-3 bottles in the toilet’s water tank.

Nix the Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal is a prime contributor of solids if you have a septic tank, resulting in more frequent pump-outs.

It also requires a significant amount of water to flush away the shredded food bits. So instead, use a compost pile. For convenience, get a small tin that you can line with a bag. Place it in the freezer and add food scraps to the tin as needed. Once full, remove the bag with the food scraps and discard outdoors. (But retain the plastic bag unless you can get bio-degradable liners.)

Freezing the food scraps eliminates the potential for any odor or mess.

Insulate Water Pipes

Many people waste a significant amount of water while waiting for the hot water. And waiting around for the hot water to arrive isn’t just wasteful; it’s inconvenient!

But there’s a simple remedy: insulate the water pipes. This keeps the water warmer and it results in faster hot water when  you run the water.

Get Efficient Machines

Opt for a more efficient dishwasher and clothes washer. Today’s high efficiency models use a fraction of the water used by older models and they use less energy too. EnergyStar models even qualify you for rebates. A modern front-loading EnergyStar washer will use half the water and half the energy per load compared to an old washer.

Also, remember to run only full loads, or, if you absolutely must run a partial, be sure to adjust the water level.

Use a Water Purifying Pitcher

This is a great alternative to running the water until cold, so it cuts down on waste in this way.

Use Bark Mulch or Stones in the Garden

Add a couple inches of bark mulch or stones to landscape your gardens. This will not only discourage the growth of weeds, but it also helps the soil retain moisture by preventing evaporation and reducing watering requirements.

With these simple tips to save water at home, you’ll be slashing those water bills and helping the environment with minimal effort and inconvenience!

Also be sure to check out our related articles from the desk of Mansions & Estates International CEO “Scott Binsack,” including “What is Green Building?” along with “Tips to Improve Home Energy Efficiency,” and “Simple Tips for Getting Your Home Organized.

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