Saving money each month with reduced water usage is a great way to be “green,” as well as budget friendly. See our top tips for both indoor and outdoor water conserving ideas.
There are countless ways to save money on one’s monthly water bill while indoors. A wonderful idea is to designate one glass per person, per day. This will drastically reduce the amount of dishes that need to be washed, thus the dishwasher will be run less. Speaking of dishwashers, always purchase the Energy Star label appliances. These are proven to save money on energy costs and water usage. If one owns a newer dishwasher, the rinsing can be reduced as newer models rinse more thoroughly than older ones. Only run the dishwasher when a full load is ready to be cleaned. As much as possible, do not use the garbage disposal. The water that is used to flush the waste down can be saved if the waste is used as compost instead. Obviously, always turn off water when washing hands, brushing teeth and even washing hair. A wonderful option for the kitchen is to install an instant water heater close to the kitchen sink. This will prevent water from running while one waits for it to heat up. In the bathroom, shorter showers and replacing all shower heads with water conserving models will help reduce costs on your water bill. In addition to the shower, check all toilets for leaks. An easy way to accomplish this is to drop food coloring into the toilet tank. If the dye seeps into the bowl with no flushing, there is a leak. Ensure that the flapper in the toilet tank is closing properly after each flush to avoid unnecessary water running.
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In addition to saving water indoors, it is also possible to reduce water usage outdoors. When choosing shrubs and plants, only plant things that will thrive and are native to the region where they will reside. Also, choose plants that use little amounts of water and be sure to direct all gutter runoff to plant life. An obvious fix is to eliminate the watering of one’s sidewalk or street by wrongly facing sprinklers. Always ensure sprinkler systems are watering their intended target. Collecting rainwater is a free and eco friendly option for watering grass.
Saving money on your water bill does not have to feel intrusive on one’s lifestyle. These fixes are easy and painless and sure to pay off big at bill time.