Looking for ways to save money? The water in your home may be costing you more than you think. According to the United States Geological Survey, about 85% of the U.S. has hard water, and the chlorine used to disinfect water could also be hurting your budget. Here are some ways a water softener and filter system helps you save money.
1. Spend Less on Soaps, Lotion and Detergents
Hard water decreases the effectiveness of soap. Switch to soft water, and you can use half the soap and get the same cleanliness. Also, soap doesn’t rinse off completely with hard water, so soap scum is left behind on your skin. This, especially combined with chlorine, causes itchy, dry skin. With a water softener and filter, your skin is soft and smooth, so you don’t have to use much, if any, lotion.
2. Protect Plumbing and Appliances
When heated up, the minerals in hard water build up on the insides of pipes and appliances. Over time, this can cause clogs and damage, requiring you to replace your plumbing and appliances much sooner. Also, chlorine dries out rubber parts in appliances, so you may need to repair them more frequently.
3. Clothing Lasts Longer
With a water softener and filter system, your clothing (and other laundered items) will last longer and look better. Hard water minerals get stuck in between fibers, causing stiffness and discoloration. Chlorine fades the dyes and damages the fabric.
4. Save on Energy
Using a water softener and filter can reduce your energy bill in a couple of different ways. Scale builds up inside water heater tanks, and the water heater must first heat that scale before it can heat the water. A study found that running hard water through water heaters cut efficiency by up to 48%. Tankless water heaters are also affected; the same study found that, using hard water, some failed after just 1.6 years. Additionally, you can wash your clothes in cooler water and get the same, if not better, results.
5. No More Bottled Water
Lugging water bottles is not only a pain, it gets expensive. U.S. bottled water was an $18.5 billion industry in 2017, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation. The average cost per gallon was $1.35, whereas tap water costs less than a penny per gallon.
Ready to enjoy the savings a water softener and filter system provides? Contact your local authorized Puronics dealer for a free estimate.