Do you ever wonder if your water bill is high? Do you ever wonder how much water you should be using? Many homeowners simply pay their bill each month, without questioning what impacts it. While there are numerous factors that make each property different, there are certain areas to look if your water usage is concerning.
Your pool will need water when it does not rain enough to account for the water that has evaporated. Those pools with an autofill device will automatically receive water when the level of the pool drops below a specific point. If there is a leak somewhere, this cycle of draining and refilling will wreak havoc on your water bill. In addition, pools come in all shapes and sizes, so it can be difficult to compare your water usage with your neighbor’s.
Your landscaping will need to consume water throughout the year to keep your lawn and plants healthy. All property’s landscaping areas are not created equal, so again there is no “standard” here. That being said, it is important to adjust your irrigation seasonally. Generally speaking, it rains almost every day, or if not, every other day in Florida during the summertime. Therefore, despite the higher evaporation rates, not as much irrigation is needed.
Your monthly water bill should reflect a fairly consistent usage level. This is important to establishing a baseline from which variations can be noticed and investigated. Our goal is to help our client’s homes operate as efficiently as possible while they are away, thus we encourage them to keep an eye on their water bill. If suspected that water usage is higher than normal, there are troubleshooting measures we can take to help identify the source of the water loss, and get it fixed.
Here is a link to some interesting facts about water usage as published by the EPA.