Wondering why your water bill is so high? There are several factors that could be causing your water bill to skyrocket. Luckily, the majority of these can be avoided by taking simple steps for prevention. Let’s take a look at the most common causes for high water bills and how to avoid them.
Why is My Water Bill So High? The 3 Most Common High Water Bill Causes
If your water bill is higher than usual, this could be a sign of a larger problem at hand.
Whether you are currently experiencing a surge in water prices or are simply looking to cut back on expenses, here are 3 common reasons why your water bills may be higher than normal. We’ve also included actionable steps you can take to circumvent these utility raising circumstances from happening in the first place.
1. Hidden Leaks
Though you can usually hear if something is amiss in terms of your bathroom plumbing, this is not always the case. Some leaks are easy to spot, but others require specialized knowledge or equipment to detect. This is true for continuously running toilets too. Even if things appear to be okay on the surface, something could be costing you extra dollars each month.
To avoid overpaying for water leaks and similar issues, you should routinely check for possible leaks. Monitoring your water system for potential leaks with Subeca water management systems makes it easy to detect leaks and other potential threats to your water system that may not be obvious to the naked eye.
2. Running Toilets and Dripping faucets
Perhaps the most common reason consumers see excessive water bills is from toilets that won’t stop running. Depending on the severity, a toilet experiencing this issue can waste hundreds of gallons of water per day. This has the potential to easily double your normal water usage and result in inflated utility costs.
As odd as it sounds, get into the habit of routinely listening to your toilet for signs of abnormalities. Being proactive in this way will allow you to detect potential issues before it has a tangible impact on your water bill.
Though it may seem like a huge problem, dripping faucets can also become pretty costly over time. If your faucet drips once per second for an entire all day, you would waste 5 gallons of water per day and 2,082 gallons per year. Not only is this unfavorable for the environment and the community you live in, it is also likely to noticeably raise your water bill.
The Subeca Smart Water System is an effective way to prevent this costly issue before it takes a toll on your bank account.
With the system, you will have access to a digital dashboard with information about your water usage. This will allow you to turn on notifications so that you know when your water usage increases. In short, with the Subeca Smart Water System, you can detect potential problems in real-time. Catching issues as soon as possible gives you plenty of time to make repairs before they escalate.
3. Changes in Water Usage
Another reason you may end up with a water bill that is sky-high could be a change in water usage. Sometimes, this is normal and not within your control. While it’s healthy to keep a close watch on your usage, there are bound to be certain times your use will increase.
At the same time, it’s never a bad idea to take a closer look at some of these factors. There are many reasons your water usage may shift from time to time. Becoming familiar with this will help you plan. It can also help you get an idea of where you may be able to make changes if your primary goal is to cut back on utilities.
Here are just a few of the reasons your water usage may be higher than normal:
- Watering your lawn, grass, trees and landscaping during the warmer months
- Using air conditioning units during the summer
- Filling your pool or washing multiple vehicles during the summer months
- Children are at home all day for summer break
- During the winter, running water to avoid frozen pipes could increase usage
To get insights about your water usage, the Subeca Smart Water System includes Subeca Engage(™). This is where the customizable digital dashboard we mentioned earlier comes into play. This system allows you to view water usage data through a web portal or on a mobile phone application. You can customize notifications so that no matter where you are, you’ll know about potential water leaks, high usage, and can get the issue fixed quickly.
A Convenient Way to Monitor Water Usage and Save Money
Ultimately, an investment in a smart water management system is one that is likely to pay itself off. This is true for everyone but is especially helpful if you spend a lot of time traveling or you own more than one home.
Interested in getting insights about your water usage to help lower your water bill? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-366-2271 to discuss more our smart water management system.
At Subeca, we place top priority on helping both commercial water agencies and residential users conveniently conserve, control, and manage their water. From leaks to high water usage, there are several causes your water utility bill may start to rise.
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