Reduce Your Water Bill With These Simple Tips: These tips on how to lower your water bill will help you save money each month.
Ever had the “oh my goodness” shock because the price of your water bill was so high? Sure, the price of water can sometimes fluctuate, but it shouldn’t come with “sticker shock”!
When I worked for the water department, I learned a few tips from the local plumbers and city workers. These tips helped me save hundreds of dollars each year by lowering our monthly water bill.
Tips to Lower Your Water Bill
If you have noticed a high water bill lately, these tips to reduce your water bill will help keep more money in your pocket. They will also help keep your water bill lower each month. Some may make a difference right away and others will help you save more money over time.
Either way, it is more money in your pocket so doing them would be smart for your budget.
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Ok..Ok.. enough rambling! Here are some easy ways to lower your monthly water bill.
Avoid Running Small Loads of Laundry
Instead of doing multiple small loads of laundry, run full loads of laundry. This will help you save money on your water bill because you will be doing fewer loads. It also puts less wear and tear on your washing machine giving it the opportunity to last you longer.
Don’t Wait For Your Sink Water To Get Warm
When it comes to cooking, we use tap water all of the time. When you are cooking, don’t wait until the water heats up from the faucet. Instead, use water that comes out immediately because it can be heated on the stove. I mean, you’re going to boil it anyway so why not let the stove do its job?
Replace Your Toilet To Help Reduce Your Water Bill
Older toilets can use more water than needed. Standard toilets can also use more water than needed. To help lower your monthly water bill cost, replace older or standard toilets with a toilet that has the WaterSense label. They use up to 20% less water.
Replace Leaky Faucets
If you notice that your faucet is slowly leaking water around the seals or drips, it is time to replace it. While it may not seem like much water is being wasted, it adds up quicker than you realize. Replacing your leaky bathroom or sink faucets will help reduce your water bill throughout the year.
Make Sure Water Isn’t Leaking Into The Toilet Bowl
When I worked for the water department higher water bills were commonly caused by toilets that would run more than they should. Residents would sometimes say that they would hear the toilet randomly kicking on for just a few min off and on throughout the day. Usually, the reason for this was because the water would slowly leak into the bowl causing the toilet to keep running and fill up more often than it should.
To test this, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Let it sit for an hour or two, do not flush. If you see that some of the food coloring has made its way to the bowl, it’s leaking. It’s typically the flapper that gives you the slow seeping leak into the toilet. While that can be an easy fix, a plumber will be able to tell you for sure.
Avoid Long Showers
Long showers are probably one of the most typical culprits of your water bill being high. This is something I always have to get on my kids about. For some reason, they like to take 30-minute showers so I always have to remind them to get in, clean up, and get out.
What on earth do children do in the shower for 30 minutes?
Get a Water Efficient Shower Head to Reduce Your Water Bill
Upgrade your shower head to a more water-efficient one. A low-flow showerhead can help save you money each time you shower. Up to 50% in fact!
We swapped out our shower head for this water-efficient one.
Don’t Handwash Your Dishes
Dishwashers use less water and are more efficient than hand washing your dishes. If you can invest in a good dishwasher, do it because it will help save you more money in the long run. Plus, having a dishwasher will save you time and allow you to do more fun things.
Don’t Leave the Water Running
Don’t let the water run while you are brushing your teeth or shaving. The extra water being used can add up quickly. Instead, when you are shaving, keep a small cup of water next to you. When brushing your teeth, you can a small rinse cup can be set aside.
For very high unexpected water bills, contact your local water department to see if they can confirm there is a leak. Then, you can contact a plumber to help you get it fixed.
These are just a few easy things that you can do to reduce your water bill.