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Water is one of the few commodities that people can’t live without, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay for or use more water than you need.

Over the past five years, municipal water rates have increased by an average of 27% in the United States.

Don’t be alarmed. There are ways that you can reduce both your water bill and your impact on the environment.

Follow these 5 tips to lower your water bill.

1. Put aerators on sink faucets
2. Install low flow showerheads
3. Install a lower gallons per flush toilet
4. Update your water heater
5. Use less water

Kitchen and bathroom faucets account for over 10,000 gallons of water a year per household. Installing aerators onto the bottom of your faucet will reduce water flow, without reducing water pressure. Aerators reduce water flow to 2, 1.5, or 1 gallon per minute at normal pressures.

Get rid of your old showerhead. Low flow showerheads use 2.5 gallons per minute. Older models use as much as 5.5 gallons per minute. Make the switch and you’ll reduce your water bill by 25-60% (US Department of Energy).

Did you know that toilets are the biggest water drain in American households, accounting for almost 30% of water use in the home? If you are looking to replace your toilet, it’s best to look for a low flow toilet. A low flow toilet is a toilet that uses less water per flush than an average toilet. While they may cost you more money upfront they will save you money in water bills over time.

The average American uses 176 gallons of water per day. Wouldn’t you like to reduce your impact on the environment by conserving water? An easy way to use less water is to take shorter showers. Aim for a 5-minute shower.

Water heating is the 2nd largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 18% of your utility bill after heating and cooling. Updating your water heater can save you money over the long run. If you’re in the market for a new water heater it’s important to learn about your options. Lindstrom Air Conditioning & Plumbing would be glad to assist you. Contact us today.

May 13, 2015