30 Ways to Cut the Cost of Living: Water Bill

#14: Reduce water usage.

I recently found out that, in our county, our sewer bill is directly related to our water usage.  Rather than charging for the amount of water that goes into the sewer, the sewage company’s charge is purely based on water usage.  This is a very frustrating policy, but it sure makes me want to be incredibly cautious about the amount of water we use.  Here are some of the most practical tips I have found to help restrict water usage:

 

Use Your Dishwasher

Contrary to popular belief, it takes more water to hand-wash dishes than it takes to wash them in the dishwasher.

 

Don’t Pre-Rinse Dishes

Scrape food from plates, and let your dishwasher do the rest.

 

Only Run the Dishwasher When Full

You’ll use the same amount of water whether you run a full load or a partial load.

 

Don’t Use the Disposal

Compost food waste or throw it in the trash. Both are water-free options.

 

Take Shorter Showers

Aim for a five-minute shower. With a low-flow showerhead you’ll use 12.5 gallons of water or less. Compare that to 37.5 gallons for a 15-minute shower, and the savings is pretty easy to see.

 

Shower Instead of Taking Baths

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it takes 35 gallons of water to fill the average bathtub. Switch to a five-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead, and you’ll save 22.5 gallons each time you scrub up!

 

Turn the Water Off While You Brush/ Shave

Less flow time equals less water used.

 

Place a Bottle in the Toilet Tank

Fill a bottle with water, and place it in the toilet tank. It’ll displace water, and cause the tank to fill with less water. Just how much water will this save? An amount equal to the size of the bottle that you placed in the tank. A 20 oz. bottle, for example, will save 20 oz. of water per flush.

 

Check Toilets for Leaks

According the National Sanitation Foundation, a leaky toilet can waste as much as 500 gallons of water each day! Place a dye tablet (free at home improvement stores) in the toilet tank, and watch to see if the dye seeps into the bowl. If it does, you have a leak that needs to be addressed.

 

Only Wash Full Loads

You’ll save water, and wear and tear on your machine.

 

Wear Clothes More than Once

Pants and outwear usually don’t get very dirty. Wear them twice before washing, and you’ll cut down on your water use and your housework. Now that’s hard to argue with!

 

Sweep Sidewalks Off Instead of Spraying

A little sweeping action can save a lot of water – as much as 80 gallons a year, according to wateruseitwisely.com.

 

Take Your Car to A Car Wash

You’ll eliminate 100 gallons (or more) of water from your water bill each time you take your car through an automatic wash.

These ideas come from the article, Save Money on your Water Bill.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on ways to reduce your auto repair bills!

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