Tips on How to Lower Your Water Bill
Believe it or not, there’s a chance that your home’s water bill can be astronomical, but it may not be as high as an energy bill. However, there are still a few ways that you can help lower it while conserving water and lessening your carbon footprint — but how so?
Here are a few simple tips to help you cut back on your H2O usage.
Ways to Save Water at Home
Shorten Your Showers
When you’re taking a shower, how long would you say that it lasts? If it’s anywhere over 10 minutes, you may want to consider cutting your shower time in half. Believe it or not, by reducing your shower time by just 4 minutes, you can save approximately 4,000 gallons of H2O each year. To ensure that you’re out of the shower in record timing, consider using a kitchen timer or set the alarm on your smartphone.
Don’t Water Your Lawn All Day
When the summer heat arrives, it’s imperative to take care of your luscious green lawn. After all, with proper care and maintenance, you’ll save it from drying out — but there’s a best practice for when you should water your lawn and when you should not.
For the best results, consider watering your grass between 6am and 10am. The reason is that watering at night risks your lawn growing ill (the water will stick to the grass). Meanwhile, watering anytime after 10am will be wasteful — the sun is at its strongest; it will evaporate H2O before it can nourish your lawn.
Only Run the Dishwasher When it’s Full
One of the most popular (and helpful) appliances in a home is the dishwasher! While it can help sanitize and clean your kitchen utensils, cups, and plates, there’s a chance it could be wasting water, too — how so? Simple: if you tend to run your dishwasher while it’s half-full, you’ll have to use it a few times more throughout the week — which can add up.
To cut back on your water waste, consider only using the dishwasher when it’s full — that way, you’ll use it less, and you’ll be cutting back on the total amount of water you’re using.
Turn the Faucet Off When Brushing Your Teeth
If you tend to let the faucet run when you’re brushing your teeth, you could be wasting up to approximately three to four gallons of water per day. To cut back on your water consumption, only turn the water on to wet your toothbrush and rinse your mouth/sink — that’s it. You’ll be making a massive difference in your daily water usage (and it can reflect in your next water bill).