How To Save Water And Lower You Bill
No matter how frugal we might be, none of us can go for long without using water. Besides, water is a basic necessity and therefore something we can feel good about spending money on.
Additionally, we do have a modest amount of control over how much our water bill costs us every month. For the typical household, you’re looking at somewhere between $20 and $60 depending on usage habits, the size of the house and the number of people living there. If everyone in the house is frugal enough, it’s possible to reduce the amount you spend on water by 15 or 20 percent, which over the course of a year can make a pretty significant difference.
Being “frugal” also doesn’t mean that you have to skip showers or go thirsty for days at a time.
Instead, there are some simple, everyday tips you can implement in your home that will reduce your water usage, gallon by gallon. Since you’re billed according to your usage in gallons, anywhere you can use less will help the cause.
Here are seven ways to lower your water bill without dying of thirst.
1. Quicker showers
A shower is set up for speed, so we’d do well to take advantage of that. Sometimes in the morning it’s tough to get moving; the water is warm, we’re stiff and maybe even sore after sleeping on our neck funny, and the warm water just feels good.
Look at it this way; you’ve got to get out the door in the morning anyway, so wash up quick and keep your shower around six or seven minutes. I’d even be willing to bet most people could do it in less than five.
2. Rain barrels for outdoor watering
Particularly if you have a garden, collecting rainwater can really cut down on the amount of water you’re using outside. In fact, a well-designed rain barrel can provide pretty much all the water you need outside.
You can make one yourself, or buy one pre-assembled. If you do a lot of outdoor watering, it’ll pay for itself within a few months (unless of course it hardly ever rains where you live).
3. Larger, less frequent loads of laundry
This one is a simple solution. The washer uses a lot of water no matter how many clothes are in it, so top it off as often as you can. This will mean less loads of laundry, less water usage and less work for you.
4. Water-saver shower heads
This is a simple, inexpensive metal piece that is specifically designed to conserve water. You can usually attach another showerhead to the end of it for the flow of your choice, or the water-saver showerhead itself may be a complete piece.
5. Use a tank bank for your toilets
Also called a “float booster,” this is nothing more than a plastic bottle filled with some weight (sand or pebbles) and water that sits at the bottom of your toilet’s tank and reduces the amount of water that the toilet uses; often by up to 10 gallons per day.
If you’ve got several toilets in the house, this can add up significantly over time. You’ll need to make sure that the bottle is small enough to leave at least 3 gallons in the tank so that the toilet can flush properly.
6. Insulate water pipes
Insulated water pipes will warm quicker, which means you’ll spend less time running water in order to warm it up. It’s also fairly easy to install and incredibly inexpensive.
7. Chill drinking water in the refrigerator
If you drink a lot of water from the tap, fill up a bottle at the beginning of the day and let it get cold in the fridge instead of waiting for the water to chill coming directly out of the faucet.
Odds are that it’s going to take a while for the water to cool down on its own. So avoid wasting water and money by letting the fridge do the job you’re already paying it to do.
Draining your savings
Wasted water is one of the best examples of your monthly utility bills being a drain on your pocketbook. It can be avoided, but only if you’re able to get into the habit of paying attention to the smaller details and making some of these changes.
Being frugal about your water usage is a matter of habit, just like being careless is a matter of habit. Try and train yourself to pay attention to the tips we’ve discussed here and if you keep it up, you could probably cut your water bill by a quarter; possibly even more.