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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Saving Money on Water Bills

Like everyone else these days, I am trying to come up with ways to save a few bucks on my everyday expenses. In my case this doesn’t save me so much money as it does aggravation. I have excessively hard water with lots of iron and impurities. I have a water softener and a neutralizer. Since I am a rural kind of guy, I have a well and septic system. In order not to overload the septic system I discharge my water treatment water on my side lawn. This leads to some really thick grass in some areas and in the low spots some mud. To me this was the aggravating factor but for you this may be the money saving incentive. If you have public water and sewer you may be able to save a few bucks by changing the cycle of your water treatment equipment.

My water guy found that my neutralizer was backwashing 4 times a week at 80 gallons per backwash. It was not set to do this but over time the pins(whatever the heck that means) had moved and changed the cycle. He changed it to 2 times per week and now I have 160 gallons less pouring out onto my lawn. However if you are paying for water and sewer instead of less mud and tall grass, you may be able to save a few bucks.

The key here is maintenance and oversight. Take a look at all of your home equipment and if it isn’t performing in a manner that you think makes sense, ask a professional to look at it. Regular maintenance keeps things running better and as in my case, may pickup the fact that a piece of equipment has gone out of spec.

Look at your furnace if you haven’t had it cleaned lately you could be pouring money out the chimney. So look around the house, you may save some bucks just by paying attention to what your household equipment is doing.

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