Every cent of your money counts during these precarious times. The best way to ensure that you’re in a financially safe is to cut back on your unnecessary expenses — from take-out food to unnecessary subscriptions. You can go the extra mile by lowering your monthly utility bills. An easy utility expense that you can cut back on is your water bill. This is a great expenditure to modify because not only will you save money, you’ll also be saving the environment.
Here are some helpful tips to get you started on lowering your water bill and conserving water.
Check your pipes
Make sure your pipes are clear of obstructions. If they’re rusted, damaged, or if you notice build up inside of them, they’ll have to work twice as hard to get water to flow through it, hence a higher water bill. If this is the case, you should have it repaired quickly and install a water softener to avoid any build-up and damage in the future. Make sure you also have a regular water softener repair done to ensure that it’s working properly.
Take shorter showers
Taking shorter showers is not just good for your finances, but also for your skin. A 5 to 10-minute shower is enough to get you clean and simultaneously lower your usage. You should also try to shower less and stick to a quick washing up if you aren’t too dirty.
Rather than using water from your tap to hydrate your garden or backyard, you can get free water by putting out containers to collect rainwater when it rains.
Purchase more efficient appliances
Appliances with Energy Star and WaterSense seals use almost 50% less energy and 30% to 50% less energy than a regular appliance without it. Keep an eye out for these seals when purchasing new appliances or if you’re replacing your less efficient ones.
Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving
There’s no need to keep the water running as you’re brushing your teeth or shaving. When brushing your teeth, fill up a cup of water for rinsing and set it aside until you have to gargle. When you need to clean your razor while shaving, you can do the same with a cup of water, except you dip your razor into the cup to keep it clean in between shaves.
Invest in a dishwasher
If you have a dishwasher, use it. If you don’t, it’s time to invest in one. Handwashing your dishes uses up a ton of water while sticking your dishes into a dishwasher can save almost 2 to 4 gallons (ca. 15 l) of water per load of dishes.
Quickly repair any leaks
Any leaks, no matter how small, can add up to a lot of wasted water and an unnecessary spike in your water bill. Always be on the lookout for any leaks in your faucets, pipes, and toilets, and call your plumber as soon as you find any, so they can quickly remedy the problem.
Conserving water has the double benefit of protecting nature while also protecting your finances. Follow these quick tips to reduce your water consumption and lower your water bills so you can save money and do your part in helping the environment.