Flo By Moen: How to Monitor Your Water Usage Down to the Dollar
Updated: 5 days ago
Are you interested in tracking water usage in your home? Whether for environmental concerns, budgetary concerns, or a little bit of both, water is used in so many different home applications.
It is a good idea to understand how much water you are consuming.
Household water usage is high, and often we are not aware of just how much water we consume during a day. Monitoring water usage in your home can not only save you money on your water bills and decrease water waste, but you can also detect water leaks and potential significant emergencies.
When you follow water consumption in your household, you are more acutely aware of how your family uses water and will have some insight into how to reduce your usage. You will be tracking water use, such as dishwasher use, showers, washing dishes, and laundry.
You will also be able to monitor water you didn't know was being used, which may be the most important thing of all.
Majewski Plumbing & Smart Homes has put together the benefits of water usage tracking and how to go about it. Our plumbers have chosen the best method to track your water usage, and we will explain which it is and why we chose it.
Benefits of Monitoring Water Usage
In the Cape May County area, we have an abundant water supply for our use, unlike other regions of the world and even in North America.
As lucky as we are, most of us are conscious of not being wasteful with our water consumption. When we overuse a resource that wildlife and plants require to exist, we contribute to harming the planet.
Alternatively, wasting water means you are quite literally flushing money down the drain.
According to the EPA, American households use more than 300 gallons of water per day.
When you begin to track your water consumption, you will get a clearer understanding of how much water your household is using. You can turn this information into a way to save money and help protect the environment.
Another benefit of tracking your water usage is that you will, in conjunction with conserving practices, use less water, which puts less pressure on the plumbing system.
Tracking water will help you:
Lower your utility bills
Detect water leaks
Detect an older plumbing system
Extend the life of your appliances and plumbing systems
Identify areas for water conservation
Lower Your Utility Bills
Unless you have a well, reducing your household water usage will directly reflect your water bill.
Even if you have a well, water consumption should still be a concern to you. Household water use involves other electricity-using appliances, like a water heater and a well pump.
If you start to reduce the amount of water your household consumes during a month, not only will you save on your water bill, you will save on your electricity bill.
If you were to compare your household average water consumption to the national average, where would your household fall?
Regardless of the number, you can probably think of ways of improving the amount of water your household uses.
Can you encourage family members to turn off the tap when brushing teeth? Do you fill the sink when you are washing dishes? Did you know that if you run your dishwasher after using hot water for other purposes (like dishes), your dishwasher will run more efficiently?
A water monitoring system will show you where your family is using water and start from there.
Even the smallest pledge to use less water can make a significant impact on household water conservation.
Detect Water Leaks
One of the consequences of not detecting water leaks early is that the fix can be more expensive over time. When the water monitoring system detects a leak, it sends an alert to an app. Some water monitoring systems even have the capabilities to call for a plumber upon detection.
You may notice a sudden increase in your water bill, and without water tracking, you would assume that your household had used more for a month. However, a slow drip can become a bigger problem without intervention.
You also need to look beyond the pooling water and drips because your lawn hose, toilet tank, and foundation slab are often culprits of undetectable leaks.
Water leak detection will allow you to have a leak quickly repaired before it becomes a catastrophe. Even a small leak can lead to mold and structural issues, so any leak that is detected can potentially save you headaches and a lot of money in the long run.
Detect an Older Plumbing System
Suppose you have recently moved into a new home or have not had your plumbing fixtures updated in some time. In that case, you may wish to take this opportunity to make some upgrades: a low-flow toilet, upgraded showerheads, and other upgrades under the EPA-led WaterSense program.
WaterSense labeled products can significantly change your household water usage but about 20 percent.
A water tracking device may signify older, leaking plumbing fixtures or rusted and crumbling pipes requiring replacement. By simply changing out your outdated fixtures, you will have decreased your utility bills and possibly save the cost of major repairs down the road and lower water bills.