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Six Ways to Conserve Water and Save Money on Your Bill

Frugal living and money-saving tips are a part of my daily life. I love sharing ways to save!

Something like a leaky faucet can end up costing you quite a bit of money.

Something like a leaky faucet can end up costing you quite a bit of money.

Save Money on Water

Who doesn’t want to save money on utilities in the current economy? Water can get expensive. Not to mention that conserving water is important, as water is a valuable resource. When you save water, not only are you doing something green for the earth, but you can save money and put more “green” into your pockets!

Let's start with how to save money on water in the bathroom, as drip, drip, drip is a common occurrence and a major water waster.

1. Fix leaky faucets.

This is an obvious way to save. If a faucet is dripping, fix it! I had a slow drip in a bathroom sink for about a month before I got it fixed and noticed a $10.00 difference on my water bill the month of the drip.

2. Use less water to flush the toilet.

You can use less water to flush by putting a brick in the tank (or a similar heavy object). When I had the leaky faucet, I started putting a mixing bowl under the drip to catch the water and then would dump the saved water into my toilet bowl—another way to utilize instead of wasting water and thus save money. If you want to shell out the money, there are also toilets you can buy that use less water.

3. Take shorter showers.

How long does it really take to wash yourself and your hair? Sometimes there may be that need to soak under the hot water after a long day, but try to shorten most showers. If you have kids, try using a timer that they can hear to challenge them to take shorter showers. My mom even taught me as a teenager to turn off the water while shaving my legs. My mom is a savvy woman when it comes to cutting costs and taught me a lot of money-saving techniques just by doing them herself on a consistent basis. I grew up watching and learning by her example. But I digress….

More Ways to Conserve Water

There are more even ways to conserve water in the kitchen and even outside.

4. Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full.

This is pretty easy to do. Also, stop your dishwasher before it goes through the drying cycle; instead, open up the door and let the dishes air-dry. With laundry, try limiting how much you wash by wearing clothes more than once if they don’t look or smell dirty. If you do wash a smaller load, only fill the washing machine with as much water as the load warrants.

5. Turn off the water faucet when not using the water at that moment.

This seems like a no-brainer, but I have seen many people leave the water running the entire time while brushing their teeth. Only turn on the faucet when you need to wet your toothbrush or rinse. Also, when rinsing dishes in the sink, turn off the faucet if there is a delay between each dish that needs rinsing.

6. Invest in a rain barrel.

Catch rain outside for watering the garden, or yard, or even bring it inside to water plants, or use it for cleaning or flushing the toilet. I’ve even heard of people putting buckets in the shower to catch water to use for similar purposes.

Be creative in coming up with your own money-saving ideas. I would love to hear you share your own ideas in the comments section.

Save money, conserve water, and live greener!


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 21, 2013:

lies5858--I'm glad you appreciate the hub and ideas. I do like trying to save money on everyday things that we use and on regular bills. Thanks for your comments.

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on April 21, 2013:

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What great ideas you have on saving money on your water bill, Victoria Lynn. I am all for saving money on anything especially on water which we use everyday in our lives. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 19, 2013:

giang--Those are very frugal ways! Awesome! I've never understood keeping the water running while washing teeth or dishes. It's so wasteful. Good for you, and thanks for reading!

giang on March 18, 2013:

there is always a barrel under the shower in my bathroom. bathwater can be reused for cleaning the house.

when cooking rice, the water for rice washing can be used for watering plants in the garden.

i ask my husband and my children not to keep water running while brushing teeth.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 07, 2012:

Monis Mas--Every little bit helps. Thanks for reading!

Agnes on December 07, 2012:

I love saving money, and water is one of the things that I do not want waste! Thanks for the useful tips!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 05, 2012:

yahoomoneyhound--The price can be high, that's for sure. Thanks for the comment.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 15, 2012:

ElleBee--Every little bit helps!

ElleBee on September 15, 2012:

All these tips on saving money on your water bill, make me happy I grew up in a house with a well! (Although the flipside is houses not on public water are also not on gas lines - oil heat gets pricey!). I'm looking for my own place now so this is a great reminder to me, that I'll need to watch my water use as much as looking after the heat and electric that I'm already used to monitoring.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 12, 2012:

You're awesome, Effer! You do it all right!!!!! That force flush sounds cool!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 11, 2012:

Rain Defence--I don't know what to say except LOL!!!!!

Suzie from Carson City on August 11, 2012:

Vee...You know I simply would NOT resist a Money-Saver Hub....especially written by YOU!! Of course, GF, needless to say, I do all of the above....and whenever we replace plumbing items, we make sure we get the latest items, designed to conserve.....washing machine, dish washer....and we have the new Toilets that use less water with the force flush!! WOW! It sounds like a VACUUM!! SWOOSH!!!! All

Keep up the great hubbing, Vee!!! Effer

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 11, 2012:

Thanks, vocalcoach! I do appreciate your reading and supportive comments!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 11, 2012:

CC--Great minds think alike. I'll have to link yours, too! Thanks, sis!

Rain Defence from UK on August 10, 2012:

Brick in the cistern is a good water saving idea, but not if you have just deposited a brick as the reduced water won't clear it.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on August 10, 2012:

I really like these kinds of hubs. You've done an outstanding job Victoria. It all adds up and is a win-win. My son uses a plastic container filled with water in his toilet tank. It really does the job. You're just a doll for sharing these great money saving tips. Up and sharing.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on August 10, 2012:

Fun tips. You know, I'm going to have to link to this from my "save water" hub. Haha. Of COURSE we both wrote hubs on saving water and saving money. I mean, you're like my cyber-sis or something. ;) Well-done!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 07, 2012:

Yeah, leaky faucets are a money-stealer. Need to take care of those! Thanks, M Tips, for commenting!

Shasta Matova from USA on March 07, 2012:

These are all great tips for saving money on your water bill. When I have a leaky faucet, I have trouble shelling out the money to get it fixed, but I do understand that delaying it is costing me money everyday. I haven't used a rain barrel but that is an intriguing idea.

Girafne on March 03, 2012:

My sister Shannon built this contraption that caught rain and I think ran it into the house. The local news team did a story on it because at the time Atlanta, where she lived, was in a drought. I never got to see it but if things ever got tough my family could survive!!! She also grows a garden and cans stuff. She makes me proud!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 08, 2011:

Danielle-good idea on the kitty litter bucket. Those things are handy to reuse, aren't they?! That's great. Thanks for the comments!

danielleantosz from Florida on December 07, 2011:

I def use a rain barrel. Okay, its a rain bucket. I saved one of my kitty litter buckets and I leave it on the front porch and use the water to water my plants. I only have to get water from the tap during the hottest days of summer. Awesome tips.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 10, 2011:

Thanks, Sinea. Every little bit of saving helps.

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on October 10, 2011:

Great advice! I would never have thought of the brick idea. Very innovative.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 21, 2011:

Thanks for the comments, Injured lamb! I think it's a challenge to find ways to save money.

Injured lamb on September 20, 2011:

I love the idea of investing in a rain barrel...great idea enough...water without any charging bill...I bet we all love it...thanks Lynn for writing us a simple yet great post...

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 19, 2011:

I'm a big believer in recycling whatever we can bjornborgboxers--not only water! haha. I'm fortunate in that my city gives us a recycle bin that we can throw in (all mixed up) glass, cans, some plastics, newspapers, and junk mail (in a bag). So they make it really easy to recycle. Years ago, we had to take it all to a recycling center. Then I had to separate it all. Not now. It's a snap! Thanks for reading!

bjornborgboxers from The Netherlands on September 19, 2011:

Build a recycling system if you can find the time and are a bit handy :)

Otherwise, great tips! Thx!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 19, 2011:

For sure, 2besure! :-) Teenagers especially seem to take those looooong showers. Yeah, try the brick! Thanks for reading.

Yeah, Sunshine, Green is Good!!!!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 19, 2011:

Fantastic ideas! Go Green! :)

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on September 19, 2011:

If I could get my family to take shorter showers. I know we could save a lot of money. I will try the brick in the tank trick though. Thanks

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 19, 2011:

I am, too, Lulu Sue. Every little bit helps. Thanks for reading!

LULU SUE1987 on September 19, 2011:

Great Tips, I am always looking for ways to save money.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 06, 2011:

Me, too, fpherj48! I love finding ways to save money, as I have long-term goals. I don't want to blow money now and will save it wherever I can. thanks for the comments!

Suzie from Carson City on September 06, 2011:

I appreciate any & all hints on SAVING! It's a personal challenge to me on a daily basis. These are great suggestions. Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 27, 2011:

You're welcome, AliciaC. I'm always looking for ways to save money!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 26, 2011:

Thanks for a helpful hub and useful suggestions for saving money by conserving water!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 26, 2011:

I agree, Binaya, that it is good to conserve water. Saving money is a plus, too. Thanks for reading.

Binaya.Ghimire on August 26, 2011:

Scarcity of water is a burgeoning problem. Your points are very useful.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 26, 2011:

Thanks, venzkhvam! You are always so complimentary. I do appreciate it.

miccimom--People have said that any hubber should like the link as they could potentially get more readers.I wouldn't care if anybody linked mine--more exposure! Good topic for a forum! In this case, I just happened to see Nspeel's hub on rain barrels and mentioned it to him that I'd like to put a link to his on my hub about saving money on water. I think it's a neat thing to do! Thanks for the comments!

miccimom from U.S.A on August 26, 2011:

The rain barrel is a good idea! I might just put a big bucket out there! I like the links to the other hubs. Do you need their approval to do that, or can we just to it without their knowing? Thanks again Victoria Lynn! Voted up! Voted useful!

VENZKHVAM from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers on August 26, 2011:


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 25, 2011:

You mean for the link to your hub, Nspeel? I think it just helps us both out by getting more traffic, but it does help the readers, as well....Also, it helps to do the "suggest links" to highlight words to help readers and to link to other hubbers--or even your own hubs. Is that what you're asking? At least, I think that's how the links work. thanks!

Nspeel from Myrtle Beach on August 25, 2011:

I like it a lot thank you. As for the ad words you use in here do you get paid for them? or just add them to help out your readers?

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 25, 2011:

Bummer, lady rain. Hope your lovely name has an effect on your area soon!

lady rain from Australia on August 25, 2011:

Great hub. Due to lack of rain in our area the past few years, we have water restrictions enforced. Everybody is trying their best to use less water but the bills still doubled.

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