Saving water means saving money around your home as well as positively contributing to the environment. However, you might not be quite ready to reduce your shower flow to a trickle in order use less water but, have no fear! You can still take steps to seriously reduce your water bill each month. Here are ways to save around your home:
- Reuse your water. Save the water you use to rinse fruit and vegetables and use it to water your house plants…they’ll be ok with water leftovers, we promise.
- Capture water while you wait. Similarly, while waiting for water to get to the right temperature, capture the excess water in a watering can and save it to water house plants.
- Don’t do dishes by hand. Who wants to do dishes by hand anyway? Stacking up the dishwasher until it’s full will save even more. (Same goes for laundry! Only do full loads.)
- Don’t defrost with water. Plan ahead and defrost your foods overnight in the fridge. Or zap it in the microwave, it will save you water AND it will defrost quicker.
- Take shorter showers. We know, showers are where you win past arguments and ponder life’s most interesting questions, but how long do you really NEED to be in there? We suggest setting a 5-8 minute timer or listen to two songs to help you know when your time is up! (Taking showers instead of baths will save more too!)
- Check for toilet leaks. Put food coloring into your toilet tank and see if the dye ends up in the bowl. If it does, you have a leak and you could be wasting hundreds of gallons of water each day. Time to call a plumber!
- Don’t leave the faucet on while you brush your teeth (or shave). According to WebMD, you should be brushing your teeth for two whole minutes…by saving all that water, you’re sure to have a brighter smile when your next water bill arrives.
- Reduce toilet water usage. Put a plastic bottle full of water into your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water that is fed into the tank each time you flush. Mind. Blown.
Outdoor Water Usage
- Ditch the sprinkler. Using a small children’s pool instead of constant-stream water toys can help keep water usage to a minimum. Plus, you can dip your toes in to cool down too!
- Wash your pet in an area of the lawn that needs watering. It’s called multitasking.
- Capture rainwater for use during dry times. There are plenty of tutorials out there on how to harvest rainwater, make your own rainwater collection barrels and storage systems. You can check with your city or town about purchasing a rainwater catchment system. But if that sounds too involved, even just collecting it in a bucket to water house plants is helpful!
- Water your lawn/gardens at the right time. Try to water in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t at it’s strongest point. This will allow the soil and plants to have time to drink up the water before it dries up.
You will likely find that one or two of these actions alone won’t put you on easy street. However, if you are conscientious about your water use, the savings could add up to hundreds of dollars more in your pocket every year. Consider starting with one small change and once it’s a habit, add on another one. Then watch as your water bill slowly decreases.
Adapted from original article by BALANCE.