With the holiday season upon us, you’re probably thinking about visiting or hosting friends and family. While you’re probably not thinking about your water bills, you should be. Water bills can be high during the holiday season. Thankfully, there are ways to keep them reasonable.

Do Full Loads of Laundry

If you have people staying at your home during the holidays, this will probably lead to more laundry needing to be cleaned. Don’t run your clothes washer until it’s full. This will use a lot less water than running it whenever there are just a few things that need to be cleaned. To save even more water, use a front-loading dishwasher that is rated for water conservation.

Defrost Frozen Food in the Refrigerator

Instead of defrosting frozen food under running water, do so in your refrigerator. Defrosting food under running water can cause a lot of waste, especially if it’s something like a whole turkey. Just plan ahead so the food is fully defrosted before you need to cook it. You can also use the microwave’s defrost setting.

Use Your Dishwasher’s Light Setting

It’s very unlikely you ever need to use the regular or heavy setting on your dishwasher. The light setting can use up to 50% less water than the regular setting.

Take Shorter Showers

You can save a lot of water by taking shorter showers. If you need encouragement, start a timer. While in the bathroom, turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving.

Use Faucet Aerators

A faucet without an aerator uses far more water than needed. Since faucets make up 15% of your water usage, this can cost you a lot on your water bills. As aerators are inexpensive, they quickly pay for themselves.

Andersen Plumbing and Heating in Oswego, IL, can help you with all of your plumbing needs. This includes water heaters, sump pumps, drain cleaning and more. We’re also the company to call for the installation, repair and maintenance of heaters and air conditioners. Find out more by calling us today.

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