While everyone wants to save money on their water bill, not many know how. Oftentimes, people just aren’t aware of how some activities can waste water. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of simple ways you can reduce your water bill overnight!
1. Take Shorter Showers
Cutting down your time in the shower could save you almost 4,000 gallons per year. This can save as much as $100 annually and help you save on other bills as well. You can also turn off the water when lathering up with soap, instead of letting it run.
2. Don’t run water
When brushing your teeth or shaving, it’s easier to leave the water running. However, while it may be easier, that doesn’t mean it isn’t wasteful. Turning off the water when not in use will help save water and cut down on your bills.
3. Use a dishwasher
If you have a dishwasher, make good use of it, as it uses ⅙ of the water compared to handwashing. Depending on how dirty the dish is, it isn’t necessary to rinse it at all. Finally, always run a full load in the dishwasher. Not only will you save money, but you’ll cut down on time spent waiting for clean dishes as the last cycle finishes.
4. Replace your appliances
That’s right. While hanging on to old appliances over the years is a great way to save money, many of the new appliances on the market are designed to be more energy efficient, especially washer and dryers. When looking for ways to save, consider upgrading to save more in the long run.
5. Reuse Water
Instead of throwing out the leftover water in old water bottles or dishes, use it to water plants. The same goes for ice cubes. If you have water leftover from washing vegetables or steaming them, use it to make a stock. Not only will you save water, but it will improve the taste of the stock as well.
6. Check for leaks
While small leaks may seem minor, these little drips can often send gallons of water down the drain. Not only will this make your bill climb, but it could cause damage to your pipes or other fixtures further down the road. If you notice a leak, try to deal with it immediately by calling a plumber.
7. Don’t rinse dishes
When washing dishes, avoid running water over dirty dishes to “clean” them. Instead, fill a small cup with soap and water, and use that to wash the dishes. Once they’ve been scrubbed down, rinse them off and turn the water back off. Alternatively, plug the sink and use a wash basin to cut down on water when washing.
8. Use less hot water
This applies to every part of your house. While hot water is nice, it can often be the most expensive part of your water bill. Using hot water during showers, dishwashing, or laundry often consumes a lot of extra electricity and water you don’t want to waste. When you’re planning to use hot water, try to find ways to limit how long it’s running, or try warm water instead. Use cold or lukewarm water whenever possible.
9. Store drinking water in the fridge
Waiting for the tap water to get cold can often take a while. Storing some water in the refrigerator in purifying pitchers is a great way to have clean, cold water at all times. If you can’t wait for a purifier, try dropping some ice cubes into the water instead.
10. Use water savings faucet/shower heads
We often don’t need as much water as we think we do for basic tasks. Installing energy efficient shower and faucet heads will cut down on water use and limit waste. You could cut down your water bill by up to 60%!
We hope these tips were helpful. If you have any plumbing needs or encounter any issues and you need professional advice, don’t hesitate to give us a call.