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Don't Get "Pinched" By High Water Bills This St. Patrick's Day

Three Ways to Save Some Green on St. Patrick’s Day 

With the rising cost of things like gas and groceries, homeowners might find their budget stretched. During the month of St. Patrick’s Day, pinched might be a better term. One of the costs that inevitably goes up during times of inflation is the cost of utilities like water bills. 

During times like these, homeowners look for every opportunity to reduce costs. One place to start is reducing water usage around the home. Luckily, there are plenty of ways that people can reduce their monthly water costs. Here are some ways to reduce water usage and save some green. 

Turn Off the Water 

tap waterTo reduce water usage, homeowners can begin right away by changing a few habits. Start by thinking about everyday practices and how much water is used. Look to reduce water usage by:

  • Turning off the faucet while brushing teeth
  • Turn off the water between rinsing while hand washing dirty dishes
  • Practice good hand-washing techniques by turning off the water and lathering for at least 20 seconds.
  • Shut off the water while shaving or scrubbing in the shower
  • Take shorter showers 

By implementing these changes, homeowners will start to see immediate savings. Just turning off the water when brushing teeth can save 8 gallons of water daily, and 10 gallons of water can be saved per shave by shutting off the water while shaving. 

Invest in Water-Saving Fixtures 

Installing water-saving plumbing fixtures is important for anyone looking to reduce their water usage and save money. Examples of water-saving plumbing fixtures include low-flow toilets, showerheads, and faucets. Low-flow toilets use only 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush, compared to older toilets that can use up to 7 gallons of water per flush. Touchless faucets can also save water by using a sensor to automatically turn off after a few seconds when not in use. They can also help reduce the spread of germs.

These fixtures can save significant amounts of water and money in the long run. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances can reduce water usage by at least 20 percent, leading to big savings on water costs.

Be Careful About What Gets Flushed 

toilet There is another way that toilets waste water, which is when they clog. When toilets clog, they waste water by requiring extra flushes during the unclogging process and waste significant amounts when they won’t stop running. To prevent toilet clogs, people should pay more attention to what gets flushed. 

Items like paper towels, wipes, tissues, medications, and other garbage should never be flushed down the toilet. This will help to avoid blockages that can cause significant water waste. Only flush toilet paper and discard everything else in the garbage. When in doubt, throw it out! 

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Lasco Services is a family-owned and operated plumbing and HVAC company serving Muskegon, MI, and the surrounding communities since 1999. They provide flat rate pricing, easy scheduling, and the latest technology. Call them today for clogged toilet repair or kitchen plumbing services in Muskegon, MI.

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