Despite our recent rainfall, Northern California is currently experiencing emergency drought and dry conditions, which means it’s always a good idea to conserve water. Get into some good habits now to save water in your bathroom! Even without the threat of a drought over our heads, you’ll still be happy when your utility bill comes. If you think your bathroom may be flooding your water bills, here are a few tips to get flush with savings!
1. Check your toilet for leaks. By adding a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank, leaks should become apparent within fifteen minutes. If you see color creep into the bowl, you have a leak. Xptert Advisor Tip: Make sure you flush after the test is done so the dye doesn’t stain the tank.
2. Don’t ignore drips. A drip rate in faucets or showerheads of one drip per second can waste more the 3,000 gallons per year! That adds up, so repair or replace faulty faucets as soon as the problems start and waste less.
3. Consider replacing faucets and toilets with more efficient ones. WaterSense labeled faucets can increase efficiency by 30 percent while still offering all the performance and style you need. WaterSense labeled toilets use 20 percent less water while offering equal or superior performance.
Investing some money into your bathroom up front could save you money in the long run. For example, compared to older and less efficient models, WaterSense toilets can save a family of four $90 or more annually on water utility bills and $2000 over the lifetime of the toilet. Little changes can make a big difference.
Visit Friedman’s at any of our locations in Santa Rosa, Sonoma or Ukiah and our knowledgeable employees can help you find other ways to save water – and money – in your bathroom!