Be Aware of Your Water Bill

Appliances In Your House That Waste Water

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the average American wastes up to 30 gallons of water each day. Much of that comes from the appliances in homes, which are older and less efficient than many of today’s newer models. While most homes contain many appliances, there are three in particular that waste an inordinate amount of water each time they are used.

Toilets Could be the Culprit

Toilets use approximately 27 percent of the water consumed in an average Van Nuys home, with older toilets using as much as seven gallons of water per flush. In addition to the water they actually use, many older toilets are also prone to leaking, which adds to the waste. In fact, a toilet that constantly leaks will waste an average of 22 gallons of water per day, which adds up to over 8,000 gallons per year.

Washing Machines

One of the biggest offenders when it comes to wasting water in a home, washing machines can make almost any water bill increase significantly. Many Van Nuys homes still have older, traditional models of washing machines that use anywhere from 27-54 gallons of water per load, which is far more water than is actually needed to wash even a large load of clothes. Today’s newer, water-conserving and energy-efficient machines are designed to use less than 27 gallons per load, making them a far better choice.

Dishwashers Can Waste Water as Well

Another modern convenience, dishwashers are also some of the biggest water-wasters in homes everywhere. Like washing machines, many homes contain older models that were made before water conservation became such an important issue. However, the way these appliances waste water is mostly due to the people using them. Many people simply choose to use their dishwasher each and every time they have dirty dishes, even if they only have a few that could easily be done by hand. Therefore, most dishwashers are only half-full or less when in use, wasting gallons of water along the way. As the conservation of natural resources and energy becomes a more important topic in today’s world, more homes have chosen to do away with their older, inefficient appliances and instead replace them with newer, more efficient models. However, many older appliances still remain in use, and will unfortunately continue to waste more water every day. As people’s habits change and they realize the benefits of using more efficient appliances, it’s safe to say that far less water will be wasted.

Want some insight on ways to save in your Van Nuys, CA home? Call Expert Plumbing and Rooter Inc at 818-474-1109 today, and find out how you can save water bill costs.