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It’s always a good thing to get lower bills around the home, especially water bills. During spring break, especially, it may seem like water gets used up excessively, so you may be looking for a solution to this. The great news is that there are a number of solutions to help with this, and outlined below are five of them.

Fix Leaks

The fact that a leaking faucet can fill an eight-ounce glass up in just 15 minutes should motivate you to fix any leaks you spot around the house. This is a wastage of 180 gallons of water in one month or 2,160 gallons in a year, a large amount of water for which you pay and don’t use. Spare a few hours to visually examine all fixtures and check the plumbing to make sure you’re not losing water that you could save.

Plant a Drought-Resistant Lawn

Instead of spending precious time and water trying to sustain a lawn and yard full of non-native plants, switch to native ones. These are often a lot more drought-resistant and are a great solution to saving water, especially for people living in hotter climates, which are not the ones that most lawn grass is designed for. As long as you organize your yard well and don’t let it overgrow or get overrun by aggressive varieties, it will look great and blend in with the surroundings quite well, helping you keep your water bills low as you divert this water to a different use for spring break and beyond.

Use Technology

To make your use of water more efficient, switch to new technology by getting modern appliances that are more energy- and water-efficient. These include your dishwasher, kitchen taps, showerheads, toilets, and even sprinkler systems. Ask about water efficiency when shopping for these appliances, besides conducting your own research to make sure you’re using water as efficiently as is possible. An interesting fact is that over a period of 30 years, you’re 27 times more likely to experience a flood than you are a house fire. This shows the importance of making sure all equipment and fixtures that deal with water are in great condition.

Use The Dishwasher

Dishwashers use a noticeably smaller amount of water than washing dishes by hand, so you can make savings while enjoying the convenience of using a dishwasher. Find one that is energy-star rated to make even more water savings, and you will notice the difference for sure. To make the most efficient use of your dishwasher, only run full loads. The environment as well as your wallet will thank you for it!

Install Low-Flow Fixtures

Low-flow fixtures like showerheads, faucets, and even washing machines are currently present on the market, so you won’t have a hard time finding some. If you’re thinking of upgrading your fixtures, this is the perfect time to get low-flow ones and limit the amount of water you use. In the last year, searches for home appliances have increased by 26%, showing that more people are getting new appliances either for repairs and upgrades or new projects. If you’re one of them, make an informed and pocket-friendly decision that will save you a lot of money over time.

Spring break is a great time to start practicing better usage of water as you can work on new water-conserving habits as a family. Read up on more ways to conserve water, and put to use as many of the methods as you can. This should be easy to do, as some of these things are simply taking shorter showers or watering your lawn at opportune times.