Cold winter weather can lead to higher utility bills, as winter’s gas bills can be nearly double the amount that families pay during the summer. If you are looking for ways to lower spending costs on gas, as well as water, here are some helpful tips courtesy of a respected San Mateo plumbing company which can save you and your family money all year-round:
*Although most people believe that washing dishes by hand saves more water than when using a dish washer, the U.S. Department of Energy actually states the opposite: washing dishes by hand uses much more water than using a dishwasher. By using a dishwasher, families can save up to 5,000 gallons of water or about $40 dollars annually.
*Rather than taking baths, stick to five-minute showers. Showers use about one third of what it takes to fill up an average bathtub. You can also turn off the water as you soap and scrub or apply shampoo. In order to save extra money, you can install a low-flow showerhead, which uses about half as much as water than traditional showerheads.
*Most of us have experienced plumbing emergencies before, and leaky faucets, toilets and pipes can waste hundreds of gallons of water a day. For those whose utility bills are surprisingly high, consider having a plumber examine your home’s pipes for broken or loose connections. Having a reliable emergency plumbing company to turn to, then, is essential. For Bay area plumbing, trusted and affordable emergency 24-hour plumber includes Express Plumbing.
* Laundry uses a tremendous amount of water and energy. When you do laundry, only wash full loads. This cuts down the amount of loads you have to do, as well as lowering the amount of water you use. You can also wear your clothes more than once before washing. For a pair of pants or a sweater that does not get dirty easily, wear it several times before washing it. For those in the market to buy a new machine, look for high-efficiency washers, which can be as three times more efficient than regular washers.
*Flushing the toilet also takes up dozens of gallons of water each day. Purchase a device called “Fill Cycle Diverter,” at your local hardware store, which will save you about half a gallon each time you flush (by diverting overflow water back into the tank). Fill Cycle Diverters cost only about a dollar, and it will be a dollar well spent.