How to Reduce My Water Bill?

You Would Never Think Such a Simple Solution Would Reduce Your Water Bills by So Much! I’m going to start

You Would Never Think Such a Simple Solution Would Reduce Your Water Bills by So Much!

I’m going to start this article with a piece of great news!

If you’re trying to read up on ways to reduce your water bill, I am NOT going to talk about the usual “tips” that most blogs talk about.

That’s because, unless you’re a steel manufacturing plant that uses millions of gallons of water, I assume that you’re not going to spend time running around your business, asking your employees to reduce their water consumption. And I don’t believe those signs in the bathroom that talk about using less water really work. 

So that’s the good news. But here is even better news:

I WILL talk about a crazy simple water conservation solution that will help reduce your water costs by 10-40 percent. 

A solution that’s ridiculously cost-effective, easy to install, and once installed requires no maintenance.

And… to really show that this solution works, at the bottom of this article you can find an video that shows the smart-valve water solution being tested, and you can watch it in action dropping water costs right in front of your eyes! 

Here's Why You Should Focus on Reducing Water Bills

Out of all the utility bills that your business pays, electricity, natural gas, and so on, can you guess which utility-commodity is the most expensive?


And that’s really one of the biggest reasons you consider reduce your water bills. That and of course water conservation.

Unfortunately, like energy, water is just the “the cost of doing business”.

But this “cost” is starting to get more and more expensive. In fact, it’s the fastest-increasing utility-commodity.

Looking at the two graphs below, you will see that water is not only one of the most expensive utility-commodities, but its rates are increasing faster than electricity and natural gas.

The first graph shows its increasing rates up to 2010 compared to other commodities such as electricity, postages, and telecommunication services.

The second graph shows the increase in water rates from 2010-2020 compared to food prices. The two graphs are both very explicit.

water rates

Sadly, water rates are will continue to increase aggressively for the next several years or rather, as the Director of Public Finance Finch put:

“We expect water rates to continue to grow above inflation for some time. We don’t see an end in sight.”
Andrew Ward
Director of U.S. Public Finance, Fitch Ratings

So, How Do You Reduce Your Water Bills Instantly?

To help you reduce your water bills, Energy Professionals has partnered with a company that focuses on water conservation, offering a simple solution to immediately reduce your water bills.

Welcome to the Smart-Valve!

How Does the Smart Valve Work?

The SMART VALVE™ air compression benefit works on all single jet, multi-jet, and turbine category positive displacement meters. These makeup over 99% of all water meters in use. The physics are based upon Boyle’s Law regarding gas pressure and volume, and Le Chatelier’s Principle of volumetric dynamics. The SMART VALVE™ is installed in the water line on the USER side of the water meter. The variable spring-loaded plunger maintains a constant ‘backpressure’. This pressurized column of water extends upstream through and past the water meter. When any air reaches this pressurized water, the air becomes compressed and no longer maintains any volume. It passes by the water meter in this compressed state until after it passes through the SMART VALVE™ and soon returns to its original uncompressed state. The SMART VALVE™ does NOT physically remove the air from the water, it just eliminates the volume of the air and prevents the water meter from measuring it. A common example of entrained gasses in the fluid is shaking up a soda bottle. The gasses are trapped in the soda but have no volume until you remove the bottle cap. Once you remove the cap and thus reduce the pressure, the gasses suddenly have a lot of volumes! The SMART VALVE is like the bottle cap keeping the system pressurized at the water meter. You won’t notice any difference in the water coming into your facility, but you will notice that your water meter is now spinning less.

Pressure And Flow Stabilization

Another way in which water meters can be inaccurate is during very high or low flow, or during a pressure surge. Water meters are designed to be accurate within a specific flow range. If the flow exceeds this range it can cause the metering to overread consumption. This is especially true during a surge, such as when there is no water flowing resulting in a higher static pressure, which can create an initial surge when the water line is opened and pressure suddenly drops to the lower dynamic pressure. Surges can also be caused by variability in the municipal water supply. The SMART VALVE’s™ proprietary variable spring-loaded technology eliminates these peaks and valleys and creating a smooth, even flow that keeps your meter readings more accurate and protects against damage that can occur from a surge.

Reduced Consumption

An effect of creating backpressure upstream is a corresponding pressure drop downstream. With the 2nd Generation SMART VALVE™, we can precisely control the amount of pressure drop from a little to a lot to fit your system needs. A positive side effect of this pressure drop is that it will save the user additional money in reduced water consumption in non-volumetric water uses such as showers, sinks, hoses, and the like. The same five-minute shower will use slightly less water. While you won’t notice it in the shower, it adds up on your water bill! Furthermore, almost all water devices are designed for approximately 60-65 psi water supply. A higher psi can cause excessive water delivery and even leaks at seals and gaskets that can often go undetected. In these cases, a pressure reducer is typically used to maintain a 60-65 psi to the facility. Unfortunately, these devices require maintenance and often fail. The SMART VALVE™ can act as a controllable pressure reducer in high-PSI water systems, eliminating the problems caused by excessive water pressure.

Benefits of The Smart Valve

By virtue of its design, the SMART VALVE™ act as a secondary backflow preventer to protect the municipal water supply. This is becoming more and more important as municipalities seek to better protect our water reserves from contamination.

  • Keep the water line pressurized at the meter to avoid being charged for air volume
  • Keep your flow rate in the desired range for additional water meter accuracy
  • Reduce excessively high water pressure
  • Eliminate over consumption due to high pressure
  • Conserve water, especially in facilities without pressure reducers or flow regulators
  • Act as a shock absorber against pressure surges and drops

Smart Valve Videos

Smart Valve Bubble Test

To find out more about The Smart Valve contact Energy Professionals, an official Flow Dynamics partner, at: 888 473 3829

James Lightning

James Lightning
Senior Editor, Energy Professionals
(844) 674-5465
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