How to Lower Your Water Bill With 10 Simple Steps

Brian Loman, DentalWorkCash | March 1, 2018

Water is one of the most expensive household bills and it’s only going to get worse according to recent data. Despite this, most people do not consciously think about their water usage habits and are essentially pouring money down the proverbial drain. Finding ways how to lower your water bill is one way to save money on your monthly bills.

There are many ways to make extra cash, but if you’re looking to cut your water bill, here are 10 simple and effective steps you can take …

Use Rain Water for Plants

If you have a lot of plants that you water regularly, instead of using the tap to fill up a watering-can, use a water butt/barrel to catch and store rainwater and use that instead.

Check Local Rebates

Your city or state may offer rebates (money back) if you install or use certain water-efficient items, such as energy star dishwashers or something as simple as rain barrels. You will usually have to fill out a form with evidence or let someone inspect the item before qualifying.

Invest in a Dishwasher

Dishwashers can cost quite a bit upfront, but they actually use less water than if you wash the dishes by hand, which will save you money in the long run.

Even if you have a dishwasher, there are still ways to use it more efficiently. The most obvious is to only turn it on once it is completely full (this will also save you money on the dishwasher detergent and other products you put in the machine).

You should also refrain from rinsing your dishes and cutlery in the sink prior to putting them in the dishwasher unless absolutely necessary.

Only Use Washing Machine with Full Load

Borrowing logic from the dishwasher, you can save water and money by only using your washing machine when you have a full load. This shouldn’t be too difficult for families with several people’s clothes to draw from, but even one person will usually have enough clothes so they don’t run out waiting for a full wash to pile up. 

If you’re worried about colors running (i.e. doing lots of separate washes by color), use a color catcher so you can put most items in together.

Short Showers Over Baths

On average taking a shower uses less water than filling up a full bath, so opt for showers day-to-day. Obviously, the shorter the shower the less water used as well. While hygiene is important, most people can do a thorough job within 10 minutes. Any longer and you’re probably just enjoying it as a luxury.

If you really like baths, why not reserve them for the weekend or special occasions?

Low-Flow Shower Heads

Low-flow shower heads are currently all the rage because of their eco-friendliness, but they also save you money as well. In short, they have smaller holes and therefore let out less water.

The good news is that this does not necessarily affect power, so you can still have a powerful shower and once you are fully wet, the amount of water that actually comes out is not that important anyway.

Most shower setups allow you to replace the head, so it is not an expensive investment and will save you money in the long run.

Don’t Leave the Tap Running

We all leave the tap running at some point, whether it’s while brushing our teeth or waiting for the water to get extra cold for a drink. We rationalize the habit away by telling ourselves – how much am I really wasting?

Well, not a lot when you do it once, but add that up over the year and you’re certainly adding unneeded dollars to your bill.  

One tip for cold drinks is to store water in the fridge instead of letting the tap run.

Use Rain Water for Plants

If you have a lot of plants that you water regularly, instead of using the tap to fill up a watering-can, use a water butt/barrel to catch and store rainwater and use that instead.

Steam your Vegetables

If you regularly eat vegetables (and you definitely should), the amount of water you boil can add up over a year. Instead, try using a vegetable steamer. Far less water is used and the end result is actually healthier (and arguably tastier). And don’t be afraid to try baking or sautéing!

Put a Bottle of Water in your Toilet Cistern

The amount of water in your toilet cistern (the tank at the back that fills up with water after every flush) is based on pressure and the physical space available. A neat trick to prevent you using as much water is to fill a bottle of water and place it in the tank.

As for the flushing, if you have a button with two options, use the lighter flush unless necessary.

Check for Leaks and Drips

Every 6 months to a year it’s wise to do a thorough check of your plumbing for small leaks. Over time these will cost you money and might become large enough to cause damage. Even a dripping tap that needs tightening can waste a lot of water if left unfixed.

While on their own these tips can seem negligible, when you combine them altogether you could make a serious dent in your water bill over the year.

Got any tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below!

Brian Loman is a personal finance nerd and blogger. He’s the main content editor at DentalWorkCash and you can follow him on twitter!

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