Save Money on Your Utility Bills Part 2-Water

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Water


This post will list and describe ways to save on your monthly water bill. Nothing will be too complex, and most will only require implementing a new way of doing things. Keep in mind that changing just a few of these items can make a big difference in your water expenses!

  1. Repair or replace leaky faucets. A faucet with slow leak can cost you up to three gallons of water a day. If you have name brand faucets (we use Delta and Moen), they are fairly easy to repair. Just a few screws out and replacing a gasket or cylinder and you are finished. If you have to replace, I recommend choosing a good, quality faucet. They last longer, and you are more apt to find the parts needed to service them in the future.
  2. Replace your shower head. The standard shower heads in our area are 2.5 gallons per minute of water flow. One of the easiest ways to reduce your water cost is to install a one gallon per minute shower head. They have the same amount of pressure while you shower and the save a significant amount of water. On a 10 minute shower you will have saved 15 gallons of water. If you shower everyday (as you should!) that will amount to 450 gallons per month in savings.
  3. Install an aerator on your kitchen sink. This handy little device reduces the amount of water you use by mixing it with air as it comes out of your faucet. If you use you kitchen faucet to “fill” a lot of items with water (such as water filters, fish aquariums, etc.) I do not really recommend this one as it will drastically increase the amount of time to complete these task. Also, if you do not use a dishwasher, when you rinse you dishes, if you stop the drain you will accumulate enough water after the first few to rinse the rest without letting the faucet run.
  4. Wash only full loads of laundry. This prevents excessive use of water for small loads. If you wash small loads, be sure to change the water level setting before starting the cycle.
  5. Replace flush valves and flaps in your toilets if they leak. As with a leaky faucet, these items can cost you many gallons of water a day. To check if your toilet is leaking, after a flush add 4 drops of food coloring to the back of the tank. The next time you go, if any of the color is inside the bowl you know it is time to replace the flap.

These are just a few of the quick fixes that we have used in our house over the last few years. They have made a huge difference in our utility bill. Stay tuned, the last part of the series will be coming your way withing the next week or so.

What ways do you conserve water at your dwelling? Have you tried any of these?

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