Are you grappling with a high water bill that seems to rise like the tide each month? You’re not alone. Many homeowners are shocked by the deluge of costs that flood their finances without a clear understanding of where all that water—and money—is flowing.

Don’t let your hard-earned cash get washed away! With a few smart tweaks, your wallet just might thank you later.

How to Read Your Water Meter

First things first: understanding your water meter is the key to controlling your usage. Your meter measures how much water flows into your home, and it’s usually located in a box outside near the curb or your front or back yard.

To read it:

  1. Turn off all faucets, fixtures, and appliances that use water.
  2. Look for the odometer-style display showing numbers or a rotating dial.
  3. Write down whatever number is indicated and wait two hours before checking again (don’t use any water during this time).
  4. Subtract the first reading from the second to determine your usage.

If you see numbers climbing when no one is using water, there may be a leak in an underground pipe or some other issue. Consider calling a professional for a thorough inspection.

How to Bring Your Water Bill Down

Many households unwittingly engage in common water-wasting activities that can lead to a surprisingly high water bill. Consider these tips to help lower your water bill:

1. Fixing Leaks and Drips

A leaky faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water per year. That’s more than 180 showers! Yikes!

2. Efficient Appliances and Fixtures

Upgrading to water-efficient appliances, installing low-flow faucets and showerheads, and opting for front-loading washing machines can drastically reduce your household’s water consumption.

3. Load Up the Dishwasher or Washing Machine

Did you know that dishwashing uses 2-3 times less water than hand-washing dishes? The same goes for using a front-loading washing machine instead of hand-washing clothes.

4. Take Shorter Showers

In addition to limiting shower time, consider turning off the water while lathering your hair or shaving.

5. Turn Off the Water When Brushing Teeth or Shaving

Letting the tap run while performing these tasks can waste up to 200 gallons per month. Talk about small things making a big difference. Simply turning off the water could make the difference in your high water bill.

6. Practice Smart Lawn and Garden Care

Collecting rainwater in a barrel and watering plants early in the morning can help conserve water and money.

7. Check for Hidden Leaks

A less well-known tip is to check your water meter when no one is using water. If the number increases, there may be a hidden leak somewhere in your home.

With these strategies in hand, you can take control of your high water bill and prevent more money from going down the drain. Remember to regularly check for leaks and practice mindful water usage to keep your household’s costs under control. So don’t wait any longer, start implementing these tips today and watch your water bill decrease.

Three Kings Plumbing Is Here to Help

Sometimes, you need a professional. Whether you’ve had a high water bill for a while, or you’re struggling with a sudden spike, Three Kings Plumbing is here to provide expert assistance. Our team can identify any leaks and offer solutions that will save you money in the long run. Let’s work together to keep your water bill affordable and your wallet happy. 

Contact us today so we can help you sooner rather than later. Remember, every drop counts!