Most people never truly know how much water they use each month. Their utility companies send them bills in the mail, they make payments, and go on with their lives. But excess water usage is hard on both the environment and your wallet.
These three water conservation apps will help you keep track of your usage, so you can take steps to save money and stop wasting water.
The Dropcounter app allows you to track your daily water usage, set goals and receive alerts when you exceed your threshold. The app connects with your local utility company, so availability will vary.
The app allows users to compare water usage with neighbors, and helps you detect potential leaks before they turn into a serious problem.
What to Do if You Use an Excessive Amount of Water
With apps like Dropcountr and local utility water tracking programs, consumers can see exactly how much water they use each day. But what if your water usage is excessively high all of a sudden?
There’s a good chance that you have a leak, or someone left the water running. Maybe the kids left the hose on in the yard, or maybe the pipe in the garage burst in the middle of that last snowstorm.
Whatever the case may be, you need to pinpoint the cause of the excess water use immediately.
If you’ve ruled out the possibility of someone leaving the water running, it may be time to call a plumber. A smartphone app won’t be able to tell you where the leak is, but a plumber can. And new technologies, like trenchless CIPP, allow pipes to be repaired without digging up your yard.
“CIPP, or ‘cured-in-place pipe,’ is a standard type of pipe used in the trenchless repair process,” says PrimeLine Products, a company that supplies trenchless CIPP equipment. “The name comes from how the pipe is actually installed: the resin pipe starts out as a liquid then hardens or sets within an older existing host pipe. Trenchless CIPP is designed to repair pipes from the inside out with minimal invasive damage to the surrounding grounds.”
2. H20 Tracker
To use the app, all you have to do is answer a few simple questions about your faucet/showerhead output, and your household’s water usage. H20 Tracker walks you through the process of entering all of this information to make it easy as possible.
After entering the information, the app will figure out which areas you will need to work on to conserve water. Users are awarded points for answering questions and taking steps to conserve water.
Depending on your location, you may be able to exchange those points for real prizes.
3. Shower Watch
Compatible with the Apple Watch, Shower Watch acts as both a water and shower tracker.
The app calculates your water usage based on your shower head type and flow rate. Once you’ve entered this information, you simply set a timer on your Apple Watch and start showering.
The free version of the app keeps a log of your water usage for one week. The premium version allows you to track your usage for a month or year.
While a little quirky, Shower Watch helps you conserve water by cutting down on one thing that uses a lot of water: showering.
These three apps will help you keep tabs on your water usage and even detect leaks before they become a serious problem. If you’re suddenly using an excessive amount of water, it may be time to call a plumber.