ServiceOne Explains How Homeowners Can Reduce Their Water Bills
11/17/2015

ServiceOne, one of Orlando’s leading plumbing companies, says there are several ways to bring down water bill costs and help protect this valuable resource.

Online PR News – 17-November-2015 – Orlando, FL – The professionals at ServiceOne, one of Orlando’s leading AC and plumbing companies, wants to let homeowners know that there are several ways to bring down their water bill costs and help protect this valuable resource.

“Water is one of the few commodities people cannot live without, but it is often taken for granted,” said Service One founder and president, Bill Gouty. “Homeowners can easily reduce water usage without sacrifice by following a few simple steps. These tips can add up to a significant savings on your water bill.”

1. CHECK FOR LEAKS -- Leaky faucets, pipes or toilets can waste significant amounts of water and money. Three simple tests should be done regularly:

• Check all faucets to make sure they do not leak or drip. A faucet that drips once per second and goes unrepaired for a month wastes nearly 260 gallons of water. Leaky faucets can be fixed inexpensively by the professional plumbers at ServiceOne.
• Checking toilets for leaks is very easy. Put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait 15 to 20 minutes before flushing. If any food coloring shows up in the bowl before you flush, you have a leak. Flush quickly after finishing the test to keep from staining the bowl. Toilet leaks can waste hundreds of gallons per day if left un-repaired.
• Test your meter regularly to ensure that you have no “invisible” water leaks (such as a leak in the buried supply line running to your home or business). Shut off all faucets and turn off all water-using appliances. Read your water meter and don’t use any water for the next half-hour. After a half-hour, read your meter again. If it has moved, you have a leak.

2. SAVING WATER IN THE BATHROOM

• A toilet manufactured before 1994 may use thousands of gallons more per year than newer models. When purchasing a new toilet, look for the EPA WaterSense label which uses at least 20 percent less water than standard toilets.
• Do not put trash in the toilet. This not only wastes water, but may also cause problems in sewage systems and septic tanks.
• Taking showers instead of baths will save significant amounts of water. Consider taking shorter showers and use a water-efficient showerhead.

• Do not leave the faucet running when brushing teeth or shaving and Install flow restrictors in faucets.

3. SAVING WATER IN THE KITCHEN

• Many newer models of dishwashers offer different cycles, allowing you to use them most efficiently. Always run the dishwasher when it is full.
• If you wash dishes by hand, fill the basin with soapy water and quickly rinse the dishes under a slowly moving stream from the faucet.
• Garbage disposals require large amounts of water. Consider composting food or putting it in the garbage, instead.
• If you run the faucet while waiting for water to get hot, consider collecting it in glasses or a pitcher instead of pouring it down the drain. The collected water can be used for other things, such as watering plants, drinking, etc.
• If you want cold drinking water, keep a pitcher in the refrigerator.
• Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food in the fridge. .

4. SAVING WATER AROUND THE HOUSE

• Insulate your water heater and maintain it regularly
• Insulate your hot water pipes. If the water stays warm while in the pipes, you will not have to run as much water to get it to the desired temperature.
• Wash only full loads of clothing and set your washing machine to the proper water level. Remember that many newer washing machines offer water-efficient features.
• Look for water-efficient models when buying a filtering or water softening system.
• Locate the master shut-off valve in your home or business. Be prepared to use it in case of a burst pipe or other emergency.

“Service One can come out to your home and do a leak inspection and check your appliances to see if they are water efficient,” said Gouty. “This is a free inspection and often ends up saving you money in the long run.”