Right now everyone is watching every penny and looking for ways to trim the budget. Your water bill can definitely be part of your family’s money saving efforts. Take a look through the list of suggestions below and find some you think you can adopt and stick with. It’s going to take a few weeks for you to see a significant savings in your water bill, so hang in there!
Check the Labels – not for calories or GMO’s but for the “WaterSense” seal. This label indicates that a product has been certified by the EPA to meet their water efficiency standards. You can find this label on a variety of things from toilets and faucets to sprinkler systems and shower heads. Go through your house and see which of your home’s products have the label and which don’t. If you find that a faucet or shower that you use frequently doesn’t have this label, maybe it’s time to replace it.
Reduce the Flush – you’ve likely heard of people putting bricks or cement blocks in their toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used during each flush. While this is not a great idea, using something like a bottle of water in the tank is actually a great way to save money. Place a 32 oz bottle of water in the toilet tank and every flush will use 32 oz less water.
Short Shower…No Bath – baths use significantly more water than taking a shower so try to take baths only on special occasions or for children. It turns out that running the shower, especially in a large family, can be one of the biggest contributors to your water bill. Make a family commitment to shorten shower lengths and you’ll be amazed at the savings.
Think Outside the House – there are many water saving opportunities outside your house. Let’s look at the garden. If you water only in the morning and put mulch down around your plants, you’ll lose less water to evaporation. Making wise choices about the type of plants in your flowerbeds can also lower the water bill. Choose plants that are native to the area and thus are well adapted to surviving on the natural amount of rainwater in the area.
Use Your Time-Savers – using the dishwasher and washing machine is actually the most efficient way to get clothes and dishes clean. Doing either of these chores by hand will lead to a greater amount of water being consumed. Of course this only works if you fill them completely. Don’t run half a load, wait until it’s actually full.
Turn Off the Faucet – simply getting everyone in your house to turn the water off while brushing their teeth or shaving can make a big difference in your water bill. It can be difficult at first, but if everyone’s on board it will definitely reduce your water consumption.