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:
1) 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.
2) 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 are 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.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) 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.
6) 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.