6 Ways to Cut Your Water Bill in Half
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It’s easy to look at your water bill to find that your water bill is higher than you expected. What if we told you that there is a way, or many ways, to drastically lower your monthly bills?
Let’s start with the obvious.
You can always turn off the tap when you’re not using it, check for leaks to make sure you aren’t losing water, take shorter showers, etc; but there are actually a variety of additional ways that can help you save even more water!
With the growing prices of houses on the market, fewer job opportunities out there, and rising expenses of electricity, internet and phone bills, it is more important than ever to make sure you keep your water bill as low as can be. But, the truth is, finding methods that actually help to cut down your water usage and monthly bills is harder than you’d think.
In this article, we’ll show you 6 of the best ways to slice your water bill in half so you can stop throwing your money down the drain.
We know what you’re wondering right now, “What is grey water?”
Well, according to Wikipedia, grey water, also known as sullage, “is all wastewater generated in households or office buildings from streams without fecal contamination.” So, you can re-use the water from your sinks, bathtubs, showers, and even washing machines.
Grey water can be used in place of your city provided water for things like:
- Watering your garden or lawn and other farming irrigation
- Refilling your toilet water
If done correctly, the use of greywater can potentially drop your water use by 30%. However, you may need to invest in a greywater storing system or a filtration system.
This may seem like a hefty investment at the start, but after a few uses, something like a low flow toilet, as shown on ProudGreenHome, can help you save both water and money.
You have the opportunity to save water every time you:
- Turn on your faucet
- Flush your toilet
- Run your dishwasher or washing machine
- Take a shower
- Or wash your hands
So why not seize that opportunity by installing a low-flow or water-saving version or modification to help cut down your water bill?
Add a water-saving head to your shower or sink, install a low-flow toilet in your bathroom like Niagara Conservation’s Stealth Toilet, or upgrade to an economic washing machine.
Spending just a few extra dollars when you first start can help to boost your monthly savings in the long run. Just give it a try!
Did you know that an old water filtration system can cause your appliances to break down because of the sediment that builds up over time?
Well, it can, and that’s not all. iWater Purification explains how an old water filter can cause:
- Dirty water to damage appliances and piping. The dirt can build up and cause blockages in both your appliances and your plumbing.
- Expose you and your loved ones to sicknesses from the potentially contaminated water. A faulty or out of date water filtration system may not be able to properly get rid of the chlorine in water from the sewage removal process and it may not remove all sediment and bacteria from water pipes.
- A decrease in vibrancy of the colors of your clothes, especially easily-stainable white clothing.
By upgrading your current water filtration system to a single, whole house water filter, you will save money and time. Without a filter at each exit point of your plumbing or a filtration system at each faucet, you save the costs of constant maintenance and installation.
Also, a larger filtration system can filter more than 20 gallons of water in an hour while other, older methods of filtration, can’t match such speeds.
It seems like a no-brainer. If a new filtration system can help keep you and your family healthy, cut down your water bill and prolong the lifespan of your appliances, why would you not upgrade?
Just a few leaks around the house can add hundreds of dollars of water to your yearly prices for water. According to the infographic, Water Conservation in the Home, up to 12% of all water usage can be traced back to a leaking pipe or faucet.
At first glance, this may not seem like much, but it’s actually more than half of the amount of water used by faucets, showering and it is nearly the amount of water used by the washing machine.
Just by fixing your leaking faucets and pipes, you can cut down your water usage by more than 1/10 of what it used to be.
We all know the struggle of going to take a hot, steamy shower, only being greeted by having to wait for the brisk water to warm up. At this time, gallons upon gallons of water are literally being emptied down the drain.
Instead of letting this water go to waste, catch this water in a bucket and save it to water your plants or fill up the toilet basin.
Although this is a tedious task, using the few gallons of water that go to waste can actually help to shave a few dollars off your bill.
These are the things that our parents have been telling us all practically since we were old enough to walk.
Doing things like taking shorter showers, turning off the faucet when its not in use (i.e. brushing your teeth or shaving), and using a watering can instead of the hose can actually help to save water and money; and, not to mention, the ease of these practices make them no-excuse ways to cut your water bill down!
By using these foolproof methods to water conservation, we ensure that you will be able to watch your water bill prices drop.
Whether you buy a water-saving faucet or a low flow toilet, fix your leaks around the house, or even just turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth, anything helps.
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