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Can A Water Softener Really Pay For Itself?






water softeners can save you money

You’ve probably heard the phrase “It’ll pay for itself in no time,” but in the field of whole home water softeners it can be proven with a calculator.  Too good to be true, you say?  Well, let’s take a look at the facts.

For all of these prices we’re going to be using Walmart, simply because the prices are comparable to anywhere else.

Let’s start with laundry detergent.  A family of four with the national average of 10 grains per gallon (gpg) of hardness.  Some areas it’s higher, as in San Antonio, where it ranges from 15 to 20 gpg, according to the San Antonio Water System.  Or how about the water in Scottsdale Arizona coming in this year at 16-25 gpg , depending on which part of town you test.  That’s okay – it just means that you’ll pay off your water softener 25% to 50% faster!  

Averaging out the price of all leading detergents sold at Walmart, the average cost of a bottle is $14.08 and the price per load is $0.37.  The average family of four runs 300-390 loads each year.  Assuming the number of loads per bottle are actually correct, that means you are conservatively spending $129.50 a year of detergent.  This is most assuredly on the low end, as Consumer Reports argues that the number is closer to $275/year, due to higher detergent costs.  We'll split the difference for our example.

Now we come to personal items, such as shampoo, body wash, bar soap, lotions, cream rinse, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, etc.  I could break it all down for you, but the bottom line per the American Cleaning Institute is that the average family of four spends $628.00 each year for these personal items.  The difference, of course, is in the shampoo/rinse brand (and probably lotions, as well).

We can’t forget about cleaning products, stuff like Comet, glass cleaner, antibacterial spray, and the like.  Why do we take cleaners into account?  Hard water means you are dealing with soap scum, calcification on countertops and sinks, and other places.  Again, according to the American Cleaning Institute, the typical family spends $504 every year on cleaning supplies.  This would vary depending on your level of clean, obviously, but let’s go with that number.

Hard water does a number on your towels, clothes, and linens, so it would be remiss if we didn’t factor the cost of these items in.  The US Department of Commerce estimated back in 2014 that the usual family conservatively spends $600 a year in this area.  They didn’t poll my wife, obviously!  That’s seems unusually low, but let’s go with that number for our comparison.

A couple of more things.  Hard water is just that – hard on your appliances and hard on your plumbing.  You have to figure in the cost of repair and replacement costs on your pipes, washing machine, dishwasher, water heater, etc.  It’s amortized, of course, but the US Bureau of Economic Analysis puts the usual cost of decay in a home’s water system is $10 a month, or $120 a year.

Finally, let’s consider the water heating bill.  Soft water drastically reduces the level at which the water heater must work, so the consumption is less.  If the average gas and electric bill at a house is $163/month, then 16% of that is directly attributed to the heater.  That’s $313 you’re paying each year for the water heater to do what the water heater does.  

Okay, so let’s add it up.  

 

Estimated Annual Cost

% Savings with Soft Water

$ Saved

Cost w/ Softener

 Soap & Cleaning Products

 

 

 

 

Laundry - 400 loads/yr @ 0.37/load

$148.00

75%

$111.00

$37.00

Personal Care (shampoo, rinse, lotions, etc)

$628.00

30%

$188.40

$439.60

Cleaning Products

$504.00

50%

$252.00

$252.00

Gas & Electric Consumption


 

 

 

Water Heating - avg of 16% of household utility bill @ $163/month

$313.00

20%

$62.60

$250.40

Washable Items

 

 

 

 

Clothes, towels & linens

$600.00

30%

$180.00

$420.00

Plumbing & Appliances

 

 

 

 

 Repair & Replacement Costs

$120.00

75%

$90.00

$30.00

TOTAL SAVINGS

$2313.00

 

$884.00

$1429.00


Yes, that’s right.  You save $884 (more or less) each year with a whole home water softener in your house.  Depending on the system you opt for, it pays for itself in either no time at all or in just a little while. 

For a more definitive list of what each cleaning product costs, check out this list.

Is 2017 the year your house gets the clean, filtered water it deserves?  Give us a call at 877-534-5837 or simply email us and make the switch today!



Soft Water? Well, I Never...!



man in soft water shower loving life


Let's just admit it... soft water sounds a little sensual.  Like a pina colada, or getting caught in the rain, the idea of showering in "soft" water brings to mind a luxurious spa massage administered by cherubs.  A wonderful idea, but ultimately impossible.  Anyone who lives in the South has simply accepted the fact that tap water is hard as calculus.  Always has been, always will be.  

Except, it doesn't HAVE to.  Soft, velvety water isn't a myth.  The yeti might be, but you can actually enjoy silky soft water.

I can almost hear you thinking, "Well, sure, soft water would be good to shower in, but is it worth plopping down hard-earned cash for a whole home system?"  Let's take a quick peek at what you're currently working with at your local tap source. in your home 24/7.  

Foggy, stained glassware.  The calcium and magnesium in hard water do a number on your glassware 

hard water vs soft water

over time, leaving thick scaly buildup and etching.  Yummy!  Assuming you don't want to keeping buying glasses every year, there are essentially three options for fixing this: (1) repeatedly soak the glasses, in vinegar or a baking soda solution every couple of months, (2) purchase an expensive and acidic chemical cleaning agent (remember to buy gloves as well ... the acid will take off your fingerprint) and try not to breathe too much, or (3) go ahead and install the Whole Home System from Dupure.


Maybe you could also just hang onto those built-up glasses and use them just for serving milk.


Overloaded appliances and plumbing.  Hard water just loves dishwashers, washing machines, shower heads, faucets, pipes, and other areas in your house that water runs through.  In fact, hard water loves your plumbing so much that it leaves all kinds of minerals behind to clog up pipes, valves, strainers, and other vital components needed to keep it running.  Just pop open your water heater to get an idea of how much build-up you're dealing with - if you live in the south, the bottom of your heater is rising at least an inch every year.  That's literally heavy news, brother.

hard water vs soft water on shower door

Foggy, stained shower doors.  If your shower appears to be frosted, and it wasn't last year, then you have a prime example of hard water. Here's the 'hard' truth:  Your shower head is spraying calcium, magnesium, gypsum, dolomite, and other minerals all over you and your loved ones.  Over time, hard water wants you all to itself and chooses to hide you from the rest of the house.  And don't forget about soap scum, quite possibly one of the most aptly named things on this planet.  A soft water system removes that too.

Stained fences.  You know how you notice stained, discolored fences as you're driving through the neighborhood?  How they make the

hard water stained fence

house appear dilapidated? Yeah, that's hard water in the sprinklers, making its presence known.  Neighbors love those fences, by the way.

Consider that a Whole Home System by Dupure would remove virtually ALL of the harmful minerals in your water, leaving only velvety, smooth water.  Water that would caress and gently clean your fences...as well as the relationship with old Mr. Johnson next door.



Hopefully, this helps you understand how hard water is slowly destroying your stuff.  Why not give a Whole Home System from Dupure a try, and get back to enjoying yourself?  

 




That ain't milk, mister!