If you’re interested in ways to decrease your monthly water bill or even limit usage to help the environment, then you’re in luck.
Incorporating water-saving techniques into your daily routine can profoundly impact your water bill and the environment.
These seemingly minor adjustments that we list below can accumulate into substantial savings over time while also contributing to the conservation of our planet.
Therefore, by implementing these strategies today, you can witness the positive changes it can bring to your finances and the earth.
Below, we have various strategies to save on your water bill.
Install or Replace Kitchen Faucet Aerator
The faucet aerator is what screws on the head of the faucet where the water comes out.
An aerator helps save money as it regulates the amount of water from the tap and helps control the stream.
Overall, this allows the ability to save on water consumption. Thus, allowing for significant savings over time.
Fix Leaking Faucets
Since most districts calculate the water bill by usage, it would make a leaking faucet add to the overall cost of the water bill.
Therefore, making a leaking faucet expensive over time.
According to EPA.gov, “the average family can waste 180 gallons per week…from household leaks…..equivalent to the amount of water needed to wash more than 300 loads of laundry.”
A leaking faucet can run the water bill up quickly and cost hundreds of dollars annually if not fixed. Therefore, fixing any pesky leaking faucets around the house is essential.
Turn Off Water When Not Using
Turning off the water for a few minutes while lathering soap on your hands or face, shaving your legs, brushing teeth, or between shampooing and conditioning hair can save water usage throughout the year.
Although it may not seem like much, turning off the water for a few seconds or minutes, over time, can save a significant amount of water usage.
Take Shorter Showers
For some, showers are a relaxing way to stand under the hot steamy water while it hits your aching bones—a perfect way to take a short break from life and relax.
However, hanging out in the shower longer than needed adds water usage to the overall water bill. Therefore, increasing the cost each month and throughout the year.
Don't Leave the Shower Water Running
If you’re like many, you may turn on the shower before needing to use it.
Possibly, you still need to take off clothes, gather towels and clothes for when you get out of the shower, or even use the restroom before taking a shower.
We all have our bathroom routine when it comes to showering.
However, leaving the water running for an extended period before getting in can add to the overall water bill every month and even more throughout the year.
Wash Full Loads
When doing the dishes and washing clothes, it is a great idea to wash a full load. You can get the most out of your water usage by washing full loads.
Having the washing machine and dryer fully loaded means having to run fewer times than if running half loads. [Read also: Ways to Reduce Your Electric Bill]
Having a washer fully loaded allows cleaning all the clothes at once while using less water. It’s a win-win.
Run Shorter Load Times on Dishwasher
Some dishwashers can choose a rinse cycle and display the time it takes. Offering different time frames allows for selecting a shorter timed cycle rather than a longer one.
For example, some dishwashers offer a heavy rinse cycle, a regular rinse cycle, a normal rinse cycle, and a speed cycle.
The heavy rinse cycle is the most extended cycle and (for some dishwashers) runs for about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
At the same time, the speed cycle (for some dishwashers) runs for approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. I always run the Speed Cycle unless I have very filthy dishes.
If you are comfortable with doing a shorter cycle, that helps save on water and electric bills.
Wash Dishes Off Immediately in Sink
When cooking, sometimes food gets stuck to the dishes when not washed immediately.
Letting certain foods sit on plates can make it practically impossible to get off unless scrubbed for an extended period under hot water.
Running water to hand wash dishes causes a huge waste of water, especially when multiple dishes need scrubbing. This will cause an increase in the water bill.
Therefore, making it easier and more water efficient to wash the dishes off immediately after cooking and eating to prevent food from sticking.
Opt into a Waterpark
Pools in the backyard are fun for the whole family. However, depending on the size, the pool may use a ton of water, costing hundreds of dollars to fill up.
Although it may only be a one-time charge, if the pool is rarely used, that is a large chunk of change to maintain a pool.
Furthermore, pools require chemicals or salt, filters, and tests to ensure safety, adding to the total cost of a pool.
Depending on the pool amount used, the number of family members in the house, and the cost of a local pool pass, it may be cheaper to opt for a summertime pass at the local waterpark.
The price is something that is determined by the facility and each family needs.
However, if getting a waterpark summer pass is cheaper than filling up a pool, it is a win-win as you don’t have to maintain a pool, you won’t run up the water bill, and the kids are still happy swimming at the local pool.
In conclusion, there are many ways to save on water consumption and reduce the water bill.
Installing or replacing a kitchen faucet aerator, fixing leaking faucets, turning off the water when not using it, and washing dishes immediately in the sink are all effective ways to save water.
These are just a few ways to save on your water bill. By implementing these tips, you can significantly reduce your water usage and save money on your water bill.
Full List of Ways to Reduce Your Water Bill
- Install or Replace Kitchen Faucet Aerator
- Fix Leaking Faucets
- Turn Off Water When Not Using
- Take Shorter Showers
- Don’t Leave the Shower Water Running
- Wash Full Loads
- Run Shorter Load Times on Dishwasher
- Wash Dishes Off Immediately in Sink
- Opt into a Waterpark
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