Flooding, drought and extreme weather patterns have done a lot to help raise water bills and cause water shortages in the area of Ocala FL.
The result has been higher water bills for residents. The good news is that plumbing experts do have some ideas about you can lower the cost of high water bills by recycling and conserving water.
INSTALL HOSES FOR RECYCLING GREYWATER
Every time you recycle water, you are not paying for the second round of water from the city source. Experts advise making use of your greywater (leftover washing water) every chance that you get to save money.
The best way to accomplish this is to connect hoses to major appliances that produce rinse water and connect those hoses outside to basins and soaker hoses.
This water can then be used to water your garden. This type of rinse water can also be funneled through a radiant heating system to produce heat.
TAKE SHOWERS, NOT BATHS AND INSTALL LOW-FLOW SHOWERHEADS
The lower the flow of a showerhead, the more money you are going to save. To save money, experts advise showering for less than 8 minutes and pausing the water when you are doing things like shaving or washing your hair.
This can save you thousands of dollars over the course of the year. On the other hand, taking a bath can add thousands of dollars to your bill because filling the tub takes many gallons of water that you have to pay your water supply company.
ALWAYS WASH YOUR VEHICLE AT A CAR WASH
Experts say that you can save on paying for hundreds of gallons of city water if you stop washing your car at home and take it to a car wash. Your best and cheapest course of action is to take your car to an automated car wash that is equipped with low-flow high-pressure sprays.
Car washes nowadays only cost about twenty bucks to go through, and all of them are now required to recycle their greywater and also treat it in certain ways that are friendly to the environment.
NEVER LET A LITTLE LEAK BECOME A BIG PROBLEM
Be vigilant and have your plumbing system inspected at least twice a year by a plumbing professional. Once a pipe, sprinkler or toilet tank flapper cracks and starts to drip, the wasted excess water starts to add more cost to your monthly water bill.
Sometimes, you can see the actual water forming in a pool near the leak, but usually, the signs are more subtle and include yellow staining, cracks in walls and a moldy smell.
A plumbing expert can usually help you find the source of the leak, repair it and then make recommendations as to how you can improve your overall water-saving efficiency with new low-flow fixtures and water-saving gadgets.