If you’re buying an older home, you may be shocked the first time you receive a water bill. Older homes don’t always have the latest in water-saving devices. Some even have a few water-gobbling features! The good news? A lot of these problems can be fixed quickly and cheaply. Here’s what to look out for:
Little leaks. A dripping faucet can send gallons of water down the drain every day. This is the first place to start when checking for waste.
Inefficient shower heads. Putting in new, water-saving shower heads can have a big impact on your bill. Look for shower heads that average 2.5 gallons or less per minute.
Problem toilets. Older toilets can use a lot more water than newer models, especially if an older one has a leak. Take a few minutes to inspect each toilet; you can typically hear and see evidence of leaks.
Another good way to save? Talk to your water company. Many municipalities have water-saving programs and incentives that can save you money. In some cases, they may be able to determine if you need a water pressure regulator, which could help cut down on your water use.