Home renovation is a popular topic. That doesn’t mean everyone is thinking about a complete remodel—renovation reasons can include saving money, thinking about ecology, or just making something cool. Let’s talk about renovation that can help you save money on water expenses.
Water-saving renovations may not be the most glamorous renovations to come to mind, but even relatively small changes can save you tons of money, freeing up that cash for the more visible and pretty changes you want to make to your home. These renovations include things like fixing leaky pipes or updating appliances, both of which will help slim down your bills. Improving your irrigation and other water systems will also help ensure a long and happy life for your septic system. And if ample water supply is a concern where you live, cutting down on waste can save you even more money by helping you avoid fines.
Water-saving home renovations don’t have to be incredibly expensive, though purchasing new appliances can be incredibly beneficial in the long term. Small changes in your water use can have big benefits!
Ready to dive into how to benefit from water-saving renovations? Check out the first four of our suggestions, adapted from HomeAdvisor’s article, below!
1. Repair Leaks
Everyone’s experienced that lone dripping faucet in their home. Sure, it might be a little annoying now and then, but how much damage can it really do? The answer, unfortunately, is a lot.
Even a small leak can result in damage to your home’s interior or even lawn flooding. You may not even know some of these leaks are going on—that’s why it’s important to check your water meter frequently. To catch invisible leaks, give yourself a two-hour break from using any water. Check and note the water usage before your break begins, and again once it’s over. See any changes? That could mean a leak.
In addition dripping faucets, you may notice other signs that could indicate leaks as well. These signs include damp walls, excessively high water bills, drops in water pressure, or the presence of mold. Keeping an eye on these things will help you know if there are any changes to your water system.
2. Use Sprinklers With Timers or Sensors
Sprinklers are great for keeping your lawn looking green and healthy, but they can also be excessive. Adding a timer to your sprinkler lets the sprinkler do its work when it needs to and no longer. Run your sprinkler early in the morning—six to seven AM is a good metric—to keep it from evaporating immediately or burning your grass. You can also consider adding a rain sensor if you live in a rainier climate, which will prevent your sprinklers from activating if your grass has gotten enough natural moisture.
3. Install a Rain Barrel
Rain barrels collect natural water for a variety of purposes, including backyard maintenance. Why rack up your water bill when you could water your plants with free water, protect the environment, and reduce your storm runoff all at the same time? In some cases, using a rain barrel for lawn and garden care can knock a solid 30 percent off of your water bill!
4. Use a Drip Irrigation System
Drip irrigation is a highly targeted and effective irrigation method. Instead of spraying water everywhere, drip irrigation uses just a little water uniformly, preventing brown spots in your lawn from areas your sprinkler might miss. Even better, you can pair drip irrigation with a rain barrel to really make good use of your natural resources for maximum impact!
Ready for more tips on making small changes for big savings in water use? Check out part two of our guide to water-saving home renovations!