With the summer season flying by, many families are checking off items from their summer activity plan. Things like taking vacations together to exotic locations and road tripping to see family and friends are all part of the fun of summer.
And, in between these trips and outings is the time at home hosting backyard BBQs and overnight guests. All of this extra activity around the house means using more water in the dishwasher, washing machine, and plumbing fixtures.
In fact, some reports have published that the amount of water that is used by a household during the summer months can exceed 30% above the amount they use in the other seasons. This could have a big impact on your household budget – which, might mean spending money on a big water bill instead of something more fun!
There are some steps that you can take to minimize the amount of water that you and your family use this summer. One of those steps that will have the biggest impact is to install low-flow fixtures and appliances in your home.
Some of the benefits of installing these items are:
- Having a more efficient water heating system installed in your home could have a tremendous impact on both your water and your power bill. In fact, it is estimated that 60% of your power bill is from your water heater. This means that installing a more energy-efficient water heater could save you a lot of money.
- The shower, bathtub, and sink faucets in your home are used several times throughout each day. This means that there is a lot of room for improving the efficiency of these items. Installing low-flow faucets could save enough money on your water bill to pay off the cost of the fixtures within one year.
- Some cities offer incentives or tax breaks for households that install low-flow fixtures. This could help to pay-off the cost of installation a lot faster. Plus, when you increase the energy and water efficiency of your home, you are helping to save precious resources and protect our planet.
If you are concerned about your utility bills and water to improve your household budget this summer – make sure to explore the cost of installing low-flow plumbing fixtures and appliances as a way of reducing waste. The initial cost might be more than installing traditional fixtures but, the long-term benefits are much greater.