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6 Ways to Conserve Water and Save Money on the Water Bill

Updated on October 11, 2017
A dripping faucet can add up to dollars lost over time.
A dripping faucet can add up to dollars lost over time. | Source

How to save money on water in the bathroom

Who doesn’t want to save money on utilities, particularly in the current economy? Conserving water is important, as water is a valuable resource. Besides doing something green for the earth, you can save money and put more “green” into your pockets, as well

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 savings. 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 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 ways to conserve water in the kitchen and even outside.

4) Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full. That's a pretty easy one 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, yard, or even bring it inside to water plants, or use 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!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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.

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      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.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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!

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      giang 4 years ago

      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.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Aga 4 years ago

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

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ElleBee--Every little bit helps!

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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      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.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      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 gone........lol

      Keep up the great hubbing, Vee!!! Effer

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Rain Defence 5 years ago from UK

      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.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      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.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      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!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Girafne 5 years ago

      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!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      danielleantosz 5 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Sinea. Every little bit of saving helps.

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

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

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Injured lamb 6 years ago

      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...

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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!

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      bjornborgboxers 6 years ago from The Netherlands

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

      Otherwise, great tips! Thx!

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

      Yeah, Sunshine, Green is Good!!!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fantastic ideas! Go Green! :)

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      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

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      LULU SUE1987 6 years ago

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

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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!

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      Paula 6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Binaya.Ghimire 6 years ago

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

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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!

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      miccimom 6 years ago from U.S.A

      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!

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      VENZKHVAM 6 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

      MANY HOUSE KEEPING SHOULD READ THIS ARTICLE. WELL WRITTEN VERY INFORMATIVE AND USEFUL. VICTORIA NO ONE TO MATCH YOU! WARM HUGS.

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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!

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      Nspeel 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach

      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?

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      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.