When it comes to saving money around your house, there are dozens of ways to do it.
From adjusting your thermostat throughout the day to unplugging appliances that aren’t in use, you can make lots of little changes to your routine in order to shave a few dollars off your monthly energy bill. But many homeowners forget about another bill that they can lower–the water bill. Though it’s not as high as those gas and electric bills you get every month, there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy saving some money on water bills, too.
Here are 6 things you can do to lower your water expenses:
- Keep cold water in the fridge.
You may waste several gallons of water or more every time you turn on the faucet and run the water, waiting for it to get cold enough to drink. Instead, keep a few bottles or a pitcher of water in the fridge at all times so you can cut down on water waste.
- Check the toilet for a leak.
Leaky toilets are a common culprit when it comes to a home wasting water without the owner even realizing it. Get a dye tablet, which is available free of charge at many home improvement stores, and drop it in the toilet’s tank. If the dye starts to appear in the toilet bowl it means you have a leak that needs to be repaired.
- Put aerators on your faucets.
An aerator allows your faucet to use less water while still maintaining a good level of water pressure. Many new models come with this feature built-in, but older ones can be modified by adding an after-market aerator.
- Insulate your water pipes.
Insulated pipes aid water in heating up faster, which will save you from wasting water and from using extra energy to heat it up as it comes out of the tap. You can buy pipe-insulating foam and do the job yourself or hire a professional to tackle the job.
- Use your garbage disposal in moderation.
When a garbage disposal is in use, the water has to be running as well. When used frequently for small scraps of food or for long periods of time to force notoriously troublesome foods, like onions and potatoes, down the drain, a tremendous amount of water is wasted.
- Buy only drought-resistant plants for your lawn and yard.
Savvy homeowners know that one way to cut down on hassle and maintenance costs is to buy plants, shrubs, and grasses that don’t require lots of watering. Not only will this help you cut back on how much water you’re using, but it will also prevent you from having to mess around with sprinklers all summer long.