Save money on your annual water bill by following this collection of the best advice. Plus, you'll be helping the environment as you save money!
And don't stop at your water bill... check out our guide to saving money every month by lowering your other monthly bills!
- Cut the shower flow to save $265/year
Low flow shower heads can cost as little as $10 but can save up to $265 per year. They can reduce flow to as little as 1.5 gallons per minute, which is much more water efficient than the old ones that use up to 5.5 gallons per minute, all without [...]
- Switch to a low-flow toilet
Low flow toilets generally use less than two gallons per flush, compared to water-guzzling older models which can use five to seven gallons per flush. Over a year, that's a savings of around 7,000 gallons which can save you $50 to $100 [...]
- Go with an ENERGY STAR rated dishwasher and washing machine, and only run it when full
When buying a new dishwasher or washing machine, look for the ENERGY STAR rating. These will be more energy and water-efficient, saving money on water and electric bills.
For dishwashers, skip pre-rinsing to save water and only run the dishwasher [...]
- Fix drippy sinks and leaky faucets
Drippy faucets are a sneaky money-drainer. More than 500 gallons of water per year are wasted on a faucet with a leak of 20 drips per minute (figure out your drip wastage at the U.S. Geological Survey website). These drips are usually caused by [...]
- Aerate the faucets
Faucet aerators are an inexpensive but efficient way for saving water. They screw on to the bottom of faucets to reduce water flow, with no reduction in water pressure. Look at your faucets to see if aerators are already installed - they will have [...]
- Reduce up to 1/2 gallon per toilet flush by placing a brick in the tank
Although it won't save as much water as a low-flow toilet, it is a cheap and easy way to conserve some water. Either seal two bricks in a plastic bag or use a plastic bottle filled with sand. Place either in to the tank. The extra weight will cause [...]
- Be smart about water use in the kitchen and bathroom
Try simple changes in the kitchen and bathroom to save on water costs. If you have leftover water in bottles or from a saucepan used to boil potatoes or vegetables, use it to water the garden. Instead of rinsing frozen food under water to thaw it, [...]
- Take 3-minute showers to save hundreds of gallons
The ideal amount of time to spend in the shower is three minutes, which is a short but adequate amount of time for sudsing and rinsing and will save hundreds of gallons of water per year. If you need to take longer, switch off the water while [...]
- Inspect and fix or replace leaky pipes
Leaky pipes will mean a waste of water and a drain on your bank account. If a leaky pipe can be taped or fixed, great. If it's too difficult, call the plumber before a simple leak becomes a costly problem.
- Test for leaks with food coloring in the toilet tank
Put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If you see color in the bowl 15 minutes later, it's time to fix it yourself or call the plumber.
- Monitor kids' water usage
Kids should be taught the importance of not wasting water from an early age. Teach them simple things like not leaving the water running when brushing their teeth. For water-based outdoor fun, use a bucket instead of the faucet for filling water [...]
- Water plants carefully to avoid wastage
When watering plants, be sure to direct the water to the roots rather than the leaves, and water deeply. Also, water in the morning or evening, when water is less likely to evaporate due to the sun's heat. Place additional plants under hanging [...]
- Consider efficient watering devices for gardening
Hand watering is great and water-saving, but there are also a number of devices that can help save time and water. Soaker hoses slowly seep water throughout a designated time and are useful and efficient for flower beds and vegetable gardens. Root [...]
- Install an adjustable toilet flapper, and replace them once per year to save water
A toilet flapper is a simple, inexpensive device that can be found at any hardware store. Adjustable toilet flappers let you control the amount of water that flows through a toilet on each flush and can reduce water used by up to three gallons per [...]
- Save 1/2 gallon per flush by installing a fill cycle diverter in each toilet
A fill cycle diverter is a simple device that costs under a dollar and can be found at most hardware stores. It is designed to divert overflow water back to the toilet tank during the fill cycle, and will save approximately 1/2 gallon of water or [...]
- Don't run the water while shaving
Keeping the water running while shaving uses unnecessary gallons of water. Instead, fill a small basin with water and dip the razor in while shaving.
- Garbage disposals are energy and water wasters
Garbage disposals use energy to run, and a lot of water, too. If you must, throw away your scraps in the garbage instead. A better option is to use scrap foods to make compost, which is great for fertilizing the garden and great for the environment, [...]
- Use the water meter to check for secret leaks
When no water source is currently in use, head outside and check the water meter. Write down the current number on the meter. Go out for a few hours, then come back and recheck the meter. If the number has changed, there's a leak somewhere in the [...]
- Keep cold drinking water in the refrigerator to save water
Instead of running the tap to wait for the water to get cold, or relying on ice makers in the freezer to chill water, keep a jug in the refrigerator.
- Heat water on the stove, microwave or an electric kettle
Don't waste water by letting it run to get hot. Instead, heat water on the stove, or in the microwave. Best yet, try an electric kettle, which works very fast without using too much energy.
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