10 Tips For Saving Money
On Your Water Bill
No matter where you are living, unless you have a private well that sits on an underground lake, river, or aquifer and you can pump the water into your home yourself by using a hand pump, electric well pump, or other device, you will have to pay a public or private utility company to bring water into your home.
Most people go about their lives without giving a thought to how much water they use each day. They receive the bill each month and pay it. That's all there is to it. But if you look at the bill in terms of the amount of water used and why the payment is as high as it is, you will see that maybe you are using more water than necessary without realizing it.
Depending on what you are using water for on any given day, your water bill can get very high. But there are ways to curtail water usage and save money doing it.
- Some people like taking long showers. Did you know that a fifteen minute shower, depending on the type of shower head you have, can use up to 40 gallons or more of water. By reducing the time you spend in the shower, you can save water and money. And taking baths can be more water consuming. A bathtub can easily hold up to 40 gallons or more of water.
- It's relaxing to water the lawn and flower beds, but at times, that can be a huge waste of money. This is especially true when plants don't need to be watered but once a week, once a month, or in some cases, not at all.
- Plant drought resistant shrubs and grasses and try to use native plants when possible because they use less water. Plants should be grouped together according to the amount of water they need to survive and prosper.
- Water sprinkler systems can waste a lot of water if they are not programmed for maximum efficiency. They are often allowed to run for several minutes two, three, or more times a day. They can be programmed to run two or three minutes each cycle and only once a day, every other day, or once a week. They can also be turned off when it rains or during periods that are cool and watering every day is not necessary.
- Using the dishwasher may or may not save water as opposed to washing dishes by hand. The verdict is still out. Some studies show that the dishwasher saves more water while other studies indicate that hand washing dishes use less water. It actually depends on how many dishes you are washing by hand and how long you let the water run while rinsing them. The average dishwasher uses about 6 gallons of water per cycle. An Energy Star dishwasher uses approximately 4 gallons of water per cycle. If you don't have that many dirty dishes to wash, it may be more water efficient to wash them by hand. When you do use your dishwasher, make sure that you are washing a full load.
- Instead of washing down your driveway, try sweeping it down. In most cases, it will look just as nice if you used a broom.
- Check for leaks around your home, both indoors and outdoors. A single drip can waste 20 gallons or more of water per day. You can develop water leaks in pipes, faucets, the toilet, sinks, and the hot water heater.
- The toilet should not be used to flush napkins, cigarettes, fingernail clippings, hair, cotton balls, dirt, lint, or other articles that can be put in a trash can. Each time you flush your toilet, you use at least 5 or more gallons of water.
- If your water is left running while performing acts of person hygiene such as shaving, brushing teeth, and washing hair, you can use gallons of water without realizing it because your can't see it running down the drain.
- When washing your car, use a low flow water nozzle to keep water from running out freely. Nozzles are relatively inexpensive and can save a lot of water.
Water is a very precious resource that is getting more and more expensive. If you want your water bill to go down, you have to pay attention to how much you are using and try to conserve as much as possible.