Causes of High Summer Utility Bills
In the Bathroom
- Some of the worst water leaks are at toilets. You can lose 100+ gallons every day without knowing it. Listen carefully for the faint, high whine of a toilet leak. Find out if tightening the water supply shutoff beneath the tank will stop the noise. Or, put some food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color appears in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.
Have you ever seen a toilet with mechanism that catches in mid-flush and water rushes continuously out the drain? If you ever discover a toilet in your home that occasionally does this, don't put off having it repaired. It can flush hundreds of dollars worth of water while you're away.
- There's hot water in the toilet. This rare but expensive problem requires rerouting pipes. Call a plumber.
- Bathroom power vents are left running. This sends expensively cooled air up the vent and to the outdoors. Run these bathroom fans only as long as needed to clear that one room of its moisture. If the bathroom is 10 feet by 12 feet with an 8-foot ceiling, it only takes 19 minutes of fan operation to send out one roomful of air.