10 Easy Ways to Save on Water Bills, Part I

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In an earlier post, I wrote about why we should conserve water, including among many reasons:  nationwide water shortages within 5 years, and of course, saving money on water bills.  Here are ten ways to easily save water in your household and reduce your expenses. If you look closely at your water bill, you’ll likely be surprised at how much water your household consumes!

According to the EPA, “Efficient water use can have major environmental, public health, and economic benefits by helping to improve water quality, maintain aquatic ecosystems, and protect drinking water resources.”

Even if your source of water is a well, you should still be conscious of water conservation.  Many times, wells go hand-in-hand with septic systems, and anyone who has a septic system knows that you want to minimize the amount of water that flows into it.

  1. Install aerators on your kitchen and bathroom sink faucets.  They are inexpensive and easy to replace existing ones.  The number of gallons consumed per minute (gpm) is imprinted on the side of these devices.  By installing low-flow aerators, you can save 1 1/2 gallons per minute, or more.  That really adds up!   WaterSense.gov has a product finder (aerators are posted near the end of the list).
  2. Turn off the water when shaving (fill the basin with a little water for rinsing the razor), brushing teeth and soaping up.  It’s amazing how much water just goes down the drain during these activities.
  3. Take a short shower instead of a bath, unless of course, you really need Calgon to take you away!
  4. Collect water in a pitcher while letting it run to get hot or cold, then use it to water indoor and outdoor plants.
  5. Install a water-conserving showerhead.  Whether you like a hand-held sprayer or wall-mounted showerhead, there’s a wide variety available in all price ranges.
  6. Check and fix any leaks you may have in your toilets, faucets, showerheads, irrigation systems and hoses.  It is estimated that 10% of homes in the U.S. have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
  7. If your car really needs washing, clean it with non-toxic waterless carwash products.  These products work really well, are easy to use, and have minimal impact on the environment, plus you don’t even have to turn on the hose!
  8. Instead of rinsing off dishes headed for the dishwasher, scrape off food residue.  Today’s dishwashers can handle it!  Also, a large portion of food waste can be composted rather than thrown in the trash or down the garbage disposal (plus your garden will thank you!).
  9. Wash only full loads of laundry, or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.  Typical washing machines use up to 40 gallons of water per load!  (Front-loading machines use 40-75% less water).
  10. Avoid cutting your grass too short as longer grass blades help shade each other, reduce evaporation, and inhibit weed growth. A rainbarrel is a great way to collect rainwater for landscaping uses.

photo courtesy of Cassandra Jowett

Tag(s): Kitchens And Baths, Money Saving, The Great Green Outdoors, Water

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