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