Are you wondering how to lower your water bill? Focusing on lowering your bills is a great way to save money fast.
We talked about how to save money on your electric bill by using a lot of green practices and greening up your space.
Now it’s time to talk about how to save money on your water bill. A lot of these ideas will have you greening up your lifestyle which is a huge bonus!
Being green correlates with saving a ton of cash.
In this article:
Take showers instead of baths
Take navy showers
Limit shower time
Install a low-flow water head
Don’t let the water run
Use appliances when full
Water plants at night or early morning
Make a rainwater catchment system
Use a dishwasher
Be mindful of dirty dishes
Throw a bottle in your toilet tank
Use a broom instead of a hose
Use less water when cooking
Avoid or maintain pools
1. How to Lower Water Bill by Taking Showers
Guise, I don’t want to remind you because you know. But, soaking in your own dirt water it’s super gross, so, like, stop it.
Plus it’s consuming too much water and making your water bill higher.
2. Take Navy Showers
Navy showers help save water while taking a shower.
Here’s how to do it: turn on the water and rinse off. Turn off the water to apply soap and scrub. Turn on the water to rinse off. Repeat until squeaky clean.
Normal showering methods have you take a step away from the flow to suds up. This leaves wasted water pouring down the drain!
3. How to Lower Water Bill by Limiting Showers to 2-8 Minutes
If Navy showers aren’t cutting it, try limiting your shower time. It is very possible to have a quick shower between 2 and 10 minutes.
Hop in, get to business and hop out. No singing or thinking about the meaning of life!
4. Install a Low-Flow Water Head
Install low-flow water head to conserve the amount of water that rushes out. Normal heads squirt out at full speed and it may be too much water.
5. Low-Flow Everything
Why stop at the shower? Make your whole house low-flow. You can install low-flow toilets and low-flow faucets on your sinks.
Have a hose? Get a controlled attachment for that as well.
6. How to Lower Water Bill by Not Letting the Water Run
I’m sure your parents taught you this one, but here’s a friendly reminder:
Do not let the water run!
If you’re brushing your teeth keep the tap water turned off. If you’re cooking, don’t let pots fill themselves in the sink while you run to get something.
7. Wait Until Appliances Are Full
Wait wait wait until appliances are filled before turning them on. Have your washer filled with a complete load before turning it on.
Have your dishwasher filled with a complete load of dishes before turning it on.
This helps conserve water and save money. On hot cycles, you’ll be saving money on your electric bill as well.
8. How to Lower Water Bill by Using the Quickest Cycle
When washing clothes or washing dishes in the dishwasher choose the quickest cycle so the least amount of water will be used.
9. Save Graywater
Save your gray water to later use to water plants and such.
Instead of letting the water go down the drain, catch it to use for later. You may want a bucket handy.
10. Water Plants in the Early Mornings or Nights
If you water your plants during the day, the sun will just evaporate the water before the plants have a chance to.
Then you will have to throw more water at them so the plants can get a little hydration.
If you water them at night or early in the morning, the plants will soak up more than the sun.
11. How to Lower Water Bill with Rainwater Harvesting
You can save some water by setting up a small rain catchment system.
You’re then able to use that water for all your gray water needs so you can water your plants with it or clean your car.
You can make one for less than $15! <- Click the link!
12. Dishwashers Are Okay
So there’s a big debate on dishwashers because, yes, they take a lot of water to run, but they could be more water-efficient than washing dishes by hand.
This is true if you have a huge load to do.
If your household contains one or two people, and you use dishes sparingly then hand washing them will be the best bet.
If you have a family, if you use a lot of dishes and if you cook a lot then using a dishwasher is more energy-efficient and water-conserving than hand washing them.
13. How to Lower Water Bill by Being Mindful of Dirty Dishes
The more dishes you dirty, the more water that you have to use to clean them up.
Some quick tips would be:
- Use the same utensils to eat with that you stirred with. If you use a fork or a spoon to stir your food while it’s cooking, just use that fork or spoon to eat with as well. Don’t throw it in the sink and call it dirty.
- Use one cup a day for drinks. Just because you drink water out of a cup in the morning doesn’t mean you should throw it in the sink and call it dirty. You can refill it up in an hour or two when you get thirsty again. Try just rinsing and swishing it out instead.
14. Throw a Bottle in Your Toilet Tank
If you don’t know, this is how a toilet works — sorta:
The back tank is filled with water to a certain point. The toilet bowl is filled with water.
When you flush, the toilet bowl gets emptied, the water in the toilet tank fills up the bowl and freshwater goes back into the tank.
If you throw a filled bottle in the tank, it will displace the amount of water that gets filled up. Over time, this saves a lot of water.
15. How to Lower Water Bill by Using a Broom
A lot of people will use a hose to clean up around the outside of their house.
They will use a hose to clean off sidewalks or driveways or porches or patios.
Sometimes people use water to pressure wash the side of their houses.
Instead of using a hose, try using a broom to clean up, an air-blower thing or maybe even a Shop-Vac.
16. Use Less Water When Cooking
You may fill up a pot to the brim with water to boil it for a little bit of pasta. But, half the pot of water is efficient enough. Maybe less!
How many times have you filled up the whole tea kettle for one or two cups of tea? What happened to the water afterwards?
You just poured it down the drain with the overabundance of pasta water.
Stop! Only use just enough water when cooking.
17. Avoid or Maintain Pools
Pools can take up to 13,000+ gallons of water to fill up. That’s A LOT of water. And that’s a lot of money being added to your bill.
If possible, avoid buying a pool. If you have a pool, do your best to maintain it. You don’t want to completely drain it to fill it back up ever again.
Stop the Flow
Your water bill doesn’t have to be outrageous. The best thing to do is to be mindful of the amount you’re using every day. Then use the tips above to go the extra mile.
We want to know! How much is your water bill and have you lowered it by using these tips?