During the summer months, your water usage is likely to go up. This can be from watering your lawns, filling up pools, and general gardening. During the summer your water usage can account for up to 50% or more of your monthly utility bill. Finding ways to conserve water in the hottest months will help to reduce these bills.
Here at MCR Gas, we understand the stress that can come with the demand and the costs of keeping up with monthly utility bills. We’ve listed 10 ways that you can save on your water bills this summer to help you reduce this stress. You can also visit our blog for any further energy-saving or plumbing-related tips and information.
Get Your Boiler Serviced
Getting your boiler serviced can help to ensure that there are no issues with its operation and that it’s running at maximum efficiency. Some boiler issues can cause your boiler to overwork – causing it to use more water. We recommend getting your boiler serviced annually to help reduce the cost of your monthly utility bills and save on any potential emergency plumbing call-outs.
Fix Any Leaky Taps
One or two drops of water may not seem like a lot, but when you’re paying for your water bills, it can add up pretty quickly. Taps with just two drops per minute are estimated to waste over 300 liters of water per year. If your sink or shower is constantly dripping, it’s worth getting it fixed. You should also ensure that your tightening taps completely after use, to avoid any dripping.
Take Shorter Showers
Showering accounts for up to 12% of residential water usage. Reducing your showering time by just a few minutes could help to save over 600 liters per month. A drop as substantial as this in your water usage should show in the cost of your energy bills as a reduction. In the summer we all love a cold shower to cool us down. Consider turning off the water while you soap up or shampoo to help you reduce the amount of time and water this takes.
Insulate Your Pipes
Pipe insulation can help you save on your water bills all year round. Insulating your hot water pipes will reduce the delays and wasted water whilst you wait for your water to become hot.
Check for Leaks
Checking for hidden water leakages such as leaks between the water meter and the house can help you reduce your water bill. You can do this by turning off all indoor and outdoor faucets and water-using appliances, then checking your water meter. If it continues to run, this usually indicates a leak exists. In this case, we recommend calling an emergency plumber to help you locate and fix the problem.
Let The Dishwasher Do The Work
Scrape the dishes clean instead of rinsing them before washing. There is no need to rinse unless they are heavily soiled. This can massively help to reduce your water usage. If you’re concerned about hygiene, you could consider investing in some antibacterial wipes to wipe down your plates before placing them in your dishwasher.
Only Run Your Dishwasher When it’s Full
Only running your dishwasher whilst it’s full will also help you to further reduce your monthly energy bills. You could even consider replacing your dishwasher with a more eco-friendly system. If your dishwasher includes a feature that helps you control the amount of water or time used per load, ensure that it is always set to the correlated setting for that specific use.
When designing or renovating your garden area, try to do this with water usage in mind. Consider creating dry areas such as patios or decking so you don’t have as much lawn to water and take care of. You should also consider plants and shrubs that require minimum water consumption to thrive
Wash Your Car Elsewhere
It’s so convenient to wash your car in your driveway. Especially if you can convince your kids to do the job. During the summer pollen can fall from trees and onto your car, causing it to need a clean. But washing your car invariably leads to wasting water. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. You might find that your water bill savings are enough to justify the cost of a commercial car wash.
When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it the most. Or if they want to use water to play, encourage them to play when you’re already watering the lawn, rather than turning the sprinklers on a second time. Try to limit activities that require water as much as possible, or consider a way of recycling the water that you do use.
If you require an annual boiler service, boiler installation, or emergency plumber in the Bolton, Salford, or Greater Manchester area contact MCR Gas today. Our engineers are trained to the highest standards and pride themselves on their wealth of outstanding reviews.