Home Remodeling | 10 Ways to Save Money on Your Water Bill
Home Remodeling | Owning a home is expensive: There are property taxes and mortgages, tiny repairs and big maintenance projects, energy costs and water bills. After all’s said and done, your house racks up a big bill each year. But when it comes to your water bill, there’s quite a lot you can do to cut costs. Take a look at these surprisingly easy and surreptitiously sneaky ways that you can start saving water today—and take a load off your checkbook.
Replace Those Guzzlers
A lower water bill starts with newer, more efficient appliances. When shopping for new washers, pay close attention to the labels that indicate the efficiency of the machine. Look specifically for the WaterSense and Energy Star seals, which indicate that the machine runs on 35% to 50% less water and 50% less energy per load. Consider purchasing a front-loading washer, which uses substantially less water than a top-loading model.
Invest in New Faucets
We’ve all heard that turning off the faucet while brushing our teeth saves water, but did you know you can also conserve while the tap is running? To do this, install an aerator or a WaterSense-certified faucet. These models reduce the flow without compromising performance and are 30% more efficient than standard faucets. Here’s a little food for thought: If one in every 10 American homes installed WaterSense faucets, it could save 6 billion gallons of water and more than $50 million in energy costs.
Load It Up
No matter what kind of fixtures and appliances you own, you can employ tips and tricks to make the most of them. For example, only run a dishwasher once it is fully loaded, and don’t bother pre-rinsing dishes. Believe it or not, running a full load is more water-efficient than washing by hand. If you do wash dishes by hand, though, plug up the sink and use a wash basin to conserve water.
Skip the Rinse
In the laundry room, always wait until you have a full load to run the washer. Skip the permanent press cycle, which uses an extra 5 gallons of water for the additional rinse cycle—if you need an extra rinse, you may need to cut back on laundry detergent. These minor changes can save hundreds of gallons a month.
Small leaks, like running toilets, could be dumping gallons of water down the drain every day. You’ll want to fix this any other leaks as soon as you spot them. To determine whether or not your toilet has a leak, ad 5 drops of food coloring to the tank. If the bowl changes color after 10 minutes, there’s a leak.
Turn it Off
Save water in the shower by turning off the flow while you lather up or condition your hair. When you’re ready to rinse, switch it back on. Adding this step to your morning routine will wipe out a lot water wastage.
Save Soda Bottles
Another way to reduce water waste in the bathroom is to add plastic bottles in your toilet tank. These bottles take up space in the toilet tank that would otherwise be refilled with water after every flush. The result is that you can reduce the amount of water you send swirling down the drain. To do this, take two plastic soda bottles and put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside to weigh them down. Fill the bottles with water, screw the lids on, and put them in the toilet tank, making sure that they are away from any moving parts or operating mechanisms. Alternatively, you could purchase an inexpensive tank bank or float booster.
Compost More, Dispose Less
Garbage disposal units require a large volume of running water to operate properly, and in homes with septic tanks, can substantially increase the volume of solids, leading to maintenance problems down the road. Instead of sending food scraps down the sink, start a compost pile. Not only will it save gallons of water every day but it’s a useful (and free) garden enhancer.
When working outdoors, use the hose sparingly. Instead of spraying down dirty driveways, sidewalks, and steps (which takes an average of 50 gallons per use), sweep away dirt and debris with a push broom. When washing the car, turn the hose off between rinses to save about 150 gallons of water.
Collect the Rain
There’s perhaps no better way to save water in the garden than by collecting what nature provides. Consider attaching a rain barrel to your home’s downspout to capture roof runoff. Save on costs by constructing your own rain barrel made from plastic garbage cans. Before embarking on this project, get familiar with local laws and ordinances, as rain collection is off limits in certain localities. – Bob Vila
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