Saving on your water bill can really help your budget. With summer around the corner, water and sewer bills are sure to rise with the temperature. In fact, some areas are experiencing record hikes in their water bills (My Cincy Water & Sewer was the highest it has ever been last month). Finding ways to control that bill is high on most people’s priority list for the summer (especially mine). Here are some easy tips to minimize and ways for saving on your water bill.
Household Savings Tips: Saving on Your Water Bill
Do a Faucet and Pipe Check
Faucets, pipes and all hoses should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that they are not leaking. In fact, the tiniest of leaks can cost you plenty. A little drip can add up to gallons rather quickly and that costs you money. When you find a leak or drip, fix it right away.
Learn to cut it off when brushing, washing or shaving
When you brush your teeth, do you leave the water running between brushes? When you shave, do you leave the water running? How about when you are rinsing your dishes in the kitchen? Learn to cut that faucet off in between and save a ton of water over a year’s time. Also, have a family discussion about everyone pitching in on this tip. My kiddos are always “water wasters”.
Do full loads of dishes and clothes
When you wash your clothes, do you ever just throw in a half load? Most people do and that costs them money. Your washing machine and dishwasher will use water at a normal rate so you might as well go ahead and get your water’s worth. Make sure the machines are full and don’t wash until they are.
Buy energy efficient machines moving forward
Just by switching all of your appliances to energy efficient models, you can save a ton on your water and sewer bill. Although you might have a machine that is not energy efficient, commit to buying that way in the future.
Consider low-flush toilets and shower heads
Although they take some getting used to, low-flush toilets and shower heads that conserve water do make a huge difference. Once you are used to them, you will not notice the difference nearly as much. The difference in your wallet, however, you will notice right away. I just had a battle with my hubby last year about getting rid of that “old” toilet and I have still yet to win that battle, ha ha!
Shower in six
Remember the rule of six. Try your absolute best to limit your shower to six minutes. Ladies, I know this is a challenge but you asked to save money. Six minute showers will save you a fortune over time on that sewer bill. This is the new one I am going to try but aiming for 15 (hey I am trying to cut it in half).
Get barrels for rainwater and use that to water your plants
Another huge water expense is watering the yard and flowers during the summer. If you get some rainwater barrels to collect water, you can totally eliminate that cost. It is a simple change that can make a massive difference over time.
Weed that garden well
Finally, get out there and keep your garden well weeded. Weeds are notorious for sucking up all the moisture in a garden or flower bed. Eliminate the weeds and the flowers will need far less water!
The key over all is to be “water aware” as you go about your daily life. Water is a precious resource. We all could stand to be a bit more aware regardless of our water bill.