Raise your hand if you like paying utility bills!
If we were in a room and I asked the question to the group, nobody would be raising his or her hand. Paying utility bills is just a necessary maintenance activity that we deal with as a part of life.
Of course, beyond the routine of paying the bills, there’s the reality that they can eat up a decent part of our budget. Thus, it’s a good idea to try to save on utility costs. One example of such an expense would be water bills. We can’t live without water, it’s a necessity, but we have to pay for it. Thankfully we don’t have to be pay for air!
Anyway, with respect to water bills, there are ways that we can reduce our monthly payment. This came to mind when listening to my father share with me how high his water bills have been in recent months. Here are 10 ways to lower your water bill and reduce expenses:
- Use a low flow shower head. This by itself can reduce water usage and ultimately water costs, possibly over $100 annually for a family.
- Consolidate laundry. By this, I mean avoiding doing many separate loads of laundry. Rather, where possible, try to consolidate to do fewer loads.
- Take a shorter shower. Yes, you can get just as clean if you cut a minute or two off your shower time. Be mindful of time!
- Water your lawn less often. Of course, if you don’t have a lawn this won’t apply. But if you do, water it a little less often. If your grass isn’t 100% green and the best looking showpiece in the neighborhood, who cares?
- Run the dishwasher when full. Now, by this I don’t mean overflowing so that everything doesn’t get fully clean. Rather, I mean make sure to run it when more than just half full. The less you run the dishes, the more you save on water.
- Install aerators. Putting these on faucets can reduce water flow and save a little bit of money.
- Repair leaky faucets. This is one of those nagging things on a to-do list that we get around to when we can , but over time this can result in money dripping out of your account!
- Properly insulate pipes. If you can get your hot water faster, that means water wasted while waiting.
- Wash your car less often. If you take your car to a car wash, this applies too. After all, the more you wash your car there, the more you spend! If you rinse off your car in your driveway, you’re using water there too – lots of it, potentially. Just rinse it off a little bit less, and save a little bit of money.
- Teach kids to turn off faucets. This has probably spanned generations, as kids sometimes just keep the water running more than they should, and at any random occasion. For example, turning on the water to brush teeth, then walking away before coming back a few minutes later. We were all kids once, so we know that logic isn’t always there. Teaching them good habits will save them some money in the future and you in the present.
The best thing about saving money on water is that these methods don’t really inconvenience us, as they’re a part of day to day life anyway. It’s just a matter of making a few adjustments.
Also, aside from money, let’s not lose sight of the other more important benefit of water conservation: helping the Earth.
My Questions for You:
Do you use any of these approaches to save money on water?
Can you think of any more to add to the list? I’m sure there are many more approaches that people take which can be included.