Like everything in today’s markets, you probably have noticed that utility prices have increased. In fact, “increase” is a bit of an understatement. For many folks in virtually every part of the country, their bills have skyrocketed. Whether we’re battling triple-digit temperatures or dipping below freezing, our thoughts inevitably turn to cooling and heating our homes. All utility bills are higher than they were a year ago. So, how has this affected us here? Have you looked at your Port St Lucie water bill recently? We often focus on oil, propane, and electricity – but what about this precious resource? And how can you achieve water bill savings?
What’s Your Water Bill?
How often do you think about water or your water bill? For many of us, the answer is, “Not a whole lot.” This answer is a luxury. We simply turn on the faucet, hop in the shower, or turn on the washing machine, and there it is. For billions of people in other areas of the world (including some right here in the US) water is not taken for granted. Scarcity makes this resource precious.
Port St Lucie Water Bill Savings
Let’s get a look at what we’re talking about with context. What does an average Port St Lucie water bill cost? Most residential homes require a 5/8“ meter. The base facility charge is $22.30 with minimum deposits of $85. There is a consumption charge per 1,000 gallons. If you use from zero to 5,000 gallons, this is $6.02. If you use 5,001 – 10,000, it is $7.05, From 10,001 – 15,000 is $9.34, and 15,001 and above is $10.90..
According to industry estimates, the average person uses about 3,000 gallons of water monthly for washing, bathing, cooking, recreation, and watering. How much does your household use? Take a look at your bill: you may be surprised at just how much water – and money! – is going right down the drain.
So, how can you realize water bill savings?
Water Bill Savings
- Replacing your water heater with an energy-efficient model. You may also want to consider installing a tankless water heater. This heats water on-demand (instead of all the time) and can save 30% more energy than a conventional unit. Keep in mind that your hot water heater is also responsible for about 17% of your home’s energy use. Opting for an energy-sipping upgrade will cut your utility bills. Another old-school solution is to trim your shower times to save both water and energy. You use about 2.5 gallons each minute. Shave a minute or two off to effortlessly save water.
- Address leaks immediately. A leaky faucet, toilet, or dishwasher is more than an annoyance. If left unaddressed, it can cause water damage – which is a big, expensive, messy problem! It can also waste up to 20 gallons per leak per day. Either DIY or call a plumber to save over the long run.
- Replace older toilets with low-flow models. This saves two to five gallons per flush. Since more of us are working from home these days… that’s a whole lot of water conserved!
- Use an Energy Star-rated washing machine. This is a big one: you can save from 20 to 30 gallons per laundry cycle.
- Take a break. Use your Energy Star dishwasher instead of handwashing. It’s less work – and you’ll save 2 to 4 gallons for every load.
- Water your garden/landscape more strategically. Florida usually gets plenty of rain – but it does not always fall in the amounts and at the times when we need it! Our plants do dry out, but turning the hose on and dousing them is not the best idea for their health or your water bill. Water deeply but infrequently. In other words, watering once and enough is much better than watering every day.
One of the best ways to save money on your Port St Lucie water bill is to choose an energy-efficient house from the start. These homes are designed, from top to bottom and inside and out, to perform at the highest level to conserve resources, cut consumption, and save you money each and every month.
Learn how Synergy Homes can help you reach your energy-efficient goals – while living in comfort, style, and elegance.