We use water every day for a number of reasons, but the bottom line is that water is a necessity. It can quickly become expensive if not monitored. With today’s economy, we are trying to save money wherever possible. There are a variety of ways to save money around the house that do not require much work and the water bill can be a good place to save a fair amount. I’ve listed a few tips that might be helpful:
In the Bathroom
Everyone likes to unwind in the shower after a hard day at work, but taking long unnecessary showers will definitely rack up that water bill. Instead of taking a twenty minute shower try taking a ten minute one. Changing the shower head to a lower flow is a money saving must. It uses less water, but not less pressure. Talk to your family and make a schedule or put a time limit on showers. For those of us that like to relax in the tub, try only filling the tub half way. A fully filled tub uses up a lot of unnecessary water. The shower is not the only place to save; the toilet can be just as costly. Make sure there are no leaks or that the water doesn’t run constantly in the toilet.
Turn the Water Off
Many of us don’t really pay attention to what we do in the morning after just waking up. When we go into the bathroom to brush our teeth we just let the water run. Try turning it off while you brush your teeth. The same goes for letting the warer run while we wash dishes. Try filling the sink up, wash the dishes, and then rinse them all at one time.
Go to the Car Wash
Many of us like to wash our vehicles at home, but this could be costly. It will be much cheaper in the long run to go to the car wash or even collect rain water to use when washing your vehicle.
Washing Machines and Dish Washers
Only wash full tubs of laundry. Filling up the washing machine for only a few items will definitely keep your bill high. Only run the dishwasher when it’s full too. A dishwasher uses more energy because it only uses hot water so by running it less often not only will you save on your water bill you will also save on the energy bill.
Indoor and Outdoor Gardening
Using recycled water is ideal for plants and gardens. Save cooking water or collect rain water in buckets. You can even use bath water for watering the garden. Instead of letting the kids run through the sprinkler buy a small pool. It will be more fun for the children and helps you save money.