It really doesn’t matter why you are doing it, whether to save a few bucks or for environmental reasons, there are numerous ways to significantly reduce your monthly water bill. The American Water Works Association reported that upgrades and developments to the drinking water system from now to 2035 are projected to cost $1 trillion at the minimum, with much of the cost expected to be passed on to consumers.
For those who live in rural areas where there are fewer inhabitants to share the charges, you could find yourself paying substantially more than usual! Luckily, we have a few pointers that could help minimize your environmental footprint as well as the stress on your wallet.
Start Saving Money Now With These Five Simple Steps to Reduce Your Water Bill:
ONE: Place drinking water in the fridge
Placing a jug full of water in your fridge at all times means that you always have cold drinking water on hand! Gone are the days of patiently waiting for the faucet water to cool down before you fill your glass.
TWO: Reduce your time in the shower
If you reduce the time you shower by even just 4 minutes, you can save up to 4,000 gallons of water annually and a significant amount of dough! While hot and lengthy showers are undeniably relaxing, focus on getting clean and getting out. This can also help you save money on the energy required to heat that water to shower temperature.
THREE: Fix plumbing leaks
EPA (a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) data states that household leaks, running toilets and dripping faucets can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water on an annual basis in a single home. In the U.S. alone, all houses leak more than 1 trillion gallons of water. So, review your monthly water bills to determine whether you have a leak. Reading your water meter for a certain period of time when no water is being used will help. Any movement in the meter in most cases suggests a leak.
FOUR: Don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth or shaving
While maintaining that pearly white smile is a top priority, turning off that tap while brushing your teeth can save up to 200 gallons of water per month! Shaving while rinsing your razor from time to time is a complete waste of water. Use a cup full of water to rinse off your razor and turn off the faucet.
FIVE: Use your laundry machine and dishwasher for full loads only
Waiting until you have a full load of clothes or dishes will help you use less energy, less water, and – of course – less money. But if you absolutely must do a small load, you can save money and energy by setting the water to a lower level.
Conservation of water comes naturally when all members of the family are aware of its importance. Parents should also take time to teach their children a few simple water-saving techniques around the home which can make a big difference to both the environment and your monthly budgets.