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Ways To Reduce Your Water Bill

Updated on July 1, 2017

Ways To Reduce Your Water Bill

Even though experts say the economy is rebounding, for many people, pinching pennies is still the reality of their lives. One area in which a family can add a little extra income to the budget each month is by reducing their water bill. A recent study shows that families consume the most water by bathing, toilet flushing and doing laundry.

Toilet Savings

Ensuring there are no leaks in your toilet is probably the first action to take in toilet savings. An easy way to check for a leak is by dropping some food coloring in the bowl and waiting 20 minutes. If the color remains after that time, you need to call the plumber to fix your leak. If you don’t have a leak, you can still save water by reducing the amount used in flushing. This trick costs nothing, and can save two gallons of water for each flush. Simply place a brick in your toilet tank. A toilet dam created for just this purpose can also be purchased at a local home supply store.

Bathing

Showering instead of bathing can save as much as 100 gallons of water per week. Of course, reducing the amount of time you spend in the shower reduces water consumption as well. A low flow shower head can also be installed to conserve the water flow of your shower. When you do indulge in the occasional relaxing tub soak, after you have finished, simply place some bleach in the water, and let the water stand for 15 minutes before draining. You have now combined your bath with cleaning the tub—“two birds for one stone,” so to speak.

Laundry and Dishwasher Savings

When doing laundry, fill the washer for a full load since half loads waste water. The same is true for dishwashers. Stack your dishes in the dishwasher until you have a full load. They are out of sight anyway, and the amount of water you save will bring a smile to your face.

Watering your Lawn and Garden

A rain barrel is one way to harness nature’s free water for watering inside and outside plants. Watering at dawn and dusk also conserves the amount of water your plants need because there is less evaporation from the plants at those times.

Another common way of saving water is turning the sink off while brushing your teeth. The same is true for washing dishes by hand. Fill one side of a double sink with dishwater, and after washing, stack the dishes in the other side to rinse all at once. Turning your hot water heater off after morning showers is also an excellent way of shaving a few dollars off your bill. An automatic timer can also be installed on the water heater to ensure the water is hot at the appropriate times needed.

These are just a few tips, but with some creative thinking, I'm sure you can think of many more ways to reduce your family's monthly water bill!

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