# Does Your Water Bill Increase With Usage?

Have you had house guests, watered your grass more than usual, or done anything else unusual that uses a lot of water in the recent month? If this is the case, you may see an increase in your water bill. Unseen or unfixed leaks can waste hundreds, if not thousands, of gallons of water.

## What causes the growing use of water?

• Most prevalent is a leaking toilet or a toilet that continues to run after being flushed.
• Check the pipes and water heater in the basement or crawlspace if you have a broken water pipe or a visible leak.

Water use is generally higher during the summer due to lawns, pools, and gardening. In a typical month, a household of four uses 4000-5000 gallons of water.

### Do-It-Yourself Toilet Assessment

• Remove the cover from the tank behind the toilet, flush it, and wait for it to fully refill.
• Fill the tank with food coloring or a colorful dye tablet (sold at Town Hall).

An incorrectly adjusted or broken fill (ballcock) valve is the second most prevalent type of leak. Remove the lid from the toilet tank, flush, and look for water draining into the overflow tubes when the tank is full to see whether this is the case.

For various sizes of leaks, the following table indicates the amount of water that can be lost and billed to your account:

## In a home, what consumes the most water?

The largest single use of water in a home is flushing the toilet. For each flush, most toilets utilize 4 to 6 gallons of water. On average, a dishwasher uses half as much water as hand-washing and rinsing dishes.

## How can you figure out how much water you use?

Meters keep track of how much water is consumed. You may calculate how many units of water you’ve used since your last meter reading by subtracting the current measurement from the previous reading. To calculate your water consumption in dollars, multiply the units by your current water rate.

## What is the average monthly water use of a person?

An average person uses 3,000 gallons of water per month, according to the water industry, so a family of four would use 12,000 gallons for bathing, cooking, washing, recreation, and watering.

## What can I do to reduce my water bill?

Each person needs roughly 150 litres (or 270 pints) of water each day on average. You may save hundreds of pounds by switching from rates to meters and then monitoring your water consumption.

• Instead of taking a bath, take a fast shower. A bath requires 80 litres of water on average, whereas a shower uses only 35 litres.
• When brushing your teeth, turn off the faucet. If five persons who brush their teeth twice a day all leave the tap running, they will waste 20 litres of water.
• Rather than putting stuff in the dishwasher, do the dishes. A washing machine uses 55 litres of water, while a washing bowl holds roughly six litres.
• Leave the garden to its own devices. A garden hose consumes 10 litres per minute, yet most plants do not require water on a daily basis. Use rainwater from a water butte as an alternative.
• Fill a large plastic bottle with water and place it in your cistern to reduce the amount of water used. Some toilets flush with more than 10 litres of water per flush.
• Turn off all the faucets and watch the water meter to make sure there are no leaks. You’ve got a leak if it’s ticking higher.

## How much does a typical water bill cost?

In the United States, the average water bill for a household of four using 100 gallons of water per day per person is \$72.93 per month.

This number fluctuates depending on consumption, with families using 50% more water than the norm costing around \$115.50 per month and those using 50% less water spending around \$36.90 per month. Your monthly cost will almost certainly be higher than the average if you water your lawn frequently, have a pool, or have more than four people living in your home.

The amount you spend on your water bill is determined by two key factors:

1. Your total water consumption. This should go without saying: the more water you consume in your home, the higher your average water bill will be. Other elements that affect this variable, aside from personal consumption habits, are the size of your home and the water efficiency of your appliances.

2. Water prices in your location. The cost of a typical water bill varies by state, as well as zip code and location. As a result, even if your monthly usage does not change, your bill may not be the same when you move.

When it comes to your water provider, you won’t usually have a choice, so there’s little point in shopping around. If you want to lower your average water bill, the greatest thing you can do is take steps to limit your usage. And, fortunately, it’s a lot less difficult than you may expect.

## How much water does a two-person family consume on a daily basis?

In the United States, water use at home (from the tap, toilet, dishwasher, and other sources) amounts to around 138 gallons per household per day, or 60 gallons per person per day on average.

### American Water Use at Home How Many Gallons do We Use?

According to recent studies of how Americans use water in their homes, the bathroom is where most individuals use the most water, followed by the laundry room. Table 1 shows the breakdown.

Leaks account for 18 gallons of water per household per day lost due to leaking toilets, appliances, and faucets, making them the most shocking usage of water on this list.

### Saving Water with Water-Efficient Toilets, Showerheads and More

Fortunately, conserving water in the home is now easier than ever. By switching to water-saving fixtures and appliances, you may cut your indoor water consumption by 20%. Many water-saving products are listed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense website. The Department of Electricity’s ENERGY STAR designation includes a long list of appliances that save energy and water, such as dishwashers and washing machines.

Newer bathroom fixtures and appliances, such as toilets, showerheads, and faucets, are designed to use less water and can save hundreds of gallons each month. Older toilets, for example, can consume up to six gallons per flush, but low-flow toilets (or any toilet produced after 1994) use only 1.6 gallons. Similarly, older showerheads can flow far more than the federal limit of 2.5 gallons per minute, whereas low-flow versions can only flow two gallons per minute. Because some shower fixtures, particularly those with many nozzles, exceed the statutory limit, shower times must be lowered to save water.

Dishwashers and clothes washers that are newer use water significantly more efficiently than earlier models. Dishwashers that use less water save more than 5,000 gallons of water per year when compared to hand-washing dishes (and use less than half as much energy, too). Newer washing machines are capable of handling substantially larger loads of textiles while using significantly less water. A full-sized ENERGY STAR-certified clothes washer uses 13 gallons of water every load, vs 23 gallons for a normal machine, saving almost 3,000 gallons per year.

Water- and energy-saving products that give better performance, assist save on water costs, and have the added advantage of saving water for future generations can be acquired with a little study. Even if new appliances aren’t in the budget, identifying and correcting leaks can result in significant water savings.

### Heating and Cooling Are Water (and Energy) Hogs!

Water heating can be a large energy user because it takes a lot of water to create electricity – it’s right up there with heating and cooling, running appliances, electronics, and lighting. Long, hot showers may feel wonderful, but they waste water and energy, and while contemporary fixtures and appliances can help save gallons, it’s still vital to simply turn off the faucet.

## A shower or a bath consumes more water.

Baths may appear to be more environmentally friendly because the water does not run continuously. Have you ever considered how much water is required to fill a bathtub?

Showering generally uses less water than a complete bath. A normal showerhead produces 2.5 gallons of water per minute. A ten-minute shower therefore utilizes only 25 gallons of water. Up to 50 gallons of water can be used in a full bath. In most circumstances, a shower will use less water if these figures are used.