There is a lot of talk about how to save money when it comes to saving energy through electricity, or saving money per month by using less gas. However, while water may not be the most expensive bill on your utilities paper each month, you can still save with intelligent planning.
Water bills can be lowered to the point of saving hundreds per year for families. For individuals, you can likely save near hundreds per year even with small changes to your daily activities. The best part is that you do not have to change your entire lifestyle to save on your water bill. It simply takes a little planning, and a bit of noticing where you can personally save.
Tip 1 : “Dry Shower”
One of the most wasteful activities families and individuals partake in is the shower. Many individuals spend upwards of 20-30 minutes in a shower, enjoying the running water down the body.
To save money, attempt a “dry shower”. Turn on the shower and wet yourself down. Then turn off the water and lather yourself fully. Once you have lathered your hair and body with appropriate soaps, turn the water back on to rinse off. You will have saved a lot of time by incorporating this idea. Most of us tend to do a more thorough job quickly when the water is off, as we are more self-aware.
Tip 2: Use A Low Flow Shower Head
Use a low flow shower head. This will reduce the number of gallons of water you use per minute in the shower. Hence, this will help you save money but also the environment.
Tip 3 : Wash Dishes Manually
Instead of running the dishwasher, try doing your dishes by hand. The dishwasher often uses much more water than necessary. It is important to make sure that you wait until your dishwasher is full, rather than running it daily.
Many individuals wait only until the washer is half-full. This can mean as many as twice the number of washer loads. Going one step further, avoid the washer altogether. Instead of running the water consistently during your washing, try using a prefilled sink. This way, you have used a set amount of water.
Tip 4: Drip System and Watering Times
Instead of running sprinklers or a hose, invest a rather small amount of money into a drip-system for your plants. You may still need a sprinkler or hose for a general lawn. However, by having a system going directly to your ulterior plants, you can save money on superfluous sprinkler times. It is equally important to make sure you are watering plants at the proper times of day.
If you have water on mid-day, more of that possible hydration is evaporating instead of being utilized by the plant. Conversely, if you water early or late in the day, more of the water can be absorbed by the plants. One of the most common ridiculous wastes of water also involves the sprinkler. Many individuals allow their sprinklers to stay on during the autumn and winter.
Not only are most plants getting enough hydration during these seasons, but many plants and grasses die out naturally and temporarily. Taking a couple extra minutes to note if you need the water systems running is worth saving throughout the year.
Tip 5: Use Water Conservation Kits
There are many utility companies, including water departments who offer complimentary water conservation kits. You will need to contact your local utility department to check if they do provide free water conservation kits.
Tip 6: Place Brick In Toilet Tank
It may sound weird at first. But it works. Try placing a brick in your toilet’s tank. This will reduce the space of the water gallons in the tank. Hence, you will use a reduced amount of water for every flush.
Tip 7: Silent Leaks
One of the main suspect in making high utility bills is silent leak. There are a few ways you can check for silent leak- using food coloring and cups.
First, ascertain that you indeed have a leak by jiggling the handle of the toilet. If it does, then you have a leak. However, it may or may not be the only silent leak your toilet can have. To verify, put in 8-10 drops of food colorings into the tank of water. Let it stay for 15-20 minutes. Next, see if the food coloring has seeped into the toilet bowl. If it does, repair them yourself or engage a professional plumber to help out.
The other silent leaks culprits are the sinks and tubs. To ensure that you do not waste water from the silent leaks in sinks and tubs, do place an empty cup below them before heading to work. If you realize that there are significant water in the cups, then you can be sure that there is a silent leak. The best way is to get a professional plumber and fix this problem.
Tip 8: Check For Other Leaks
The next thing to do is to check for leaks in the piping under the home or the home meter. There are a few ways to do so. First, it is to check the meter box and the lid. If there are debris, do not attempt to contact your water department as yet. It is likely that your meter is reading a GPS signal. To detect a leak, see if your meter shows a small yellow or red/ star or triangle. Then switch off all the electricity in the home. If the meter is still running, then you can certify that you indeed have a leak. It is time to call a professional plumber for help.
The other option is to call the department in your area. Most of the time, they will be able to send a service man to inspect for leaks at token sum. Chances are that it would be cheaper than calling a certified plumber yourself.
Tip 9: Turn Off Icemaker
One of the most utility bill consuming item is the ice-maker machine. Turning the ice-maker on only when ice is running low is a great way to save on electricity. You can also turn it off and use the conventional ice trays during colder seasons like winter.
Tip 10: Guard Your Hydrants
There are people who would “borrow” the neighbor’s water. Hence, be ware when your neighbor goes for vacation or work.
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