Water is one of life’s necessities but if you use too much, it can be a real strain on your budget. Ideally, we could all keep our water bill under $20.00/mo, but with kids, laundry, pets and more it can be really hard to do. If your water bill is too high, there are a few things that you can do to try and cut that cost down a bit. Some of these tips will be a bit too much for some folks, but for those that are really looking to lower their water bill, they’ll be a great place to start.
One of the biggest costs to your water bill is waste. In our town, we pay a sewage bill that will cost me almost exactly what my water usage costs. To cut down on this waste water, we’ve installed catchment systems under one side of our kitchen sink. (read more about that here–with info to rebates if you choose to do it yourself!)
These buckets catch what is known as grey water; or water that would normally go down the drain. 90% of the time, this water is clean and perfectly usable. Instead of using fresh water to do things like flush the toilet, mop the floors, water plants or even wash the car. We only use that particular side of the sink for things that shouldn’t result in a messy water so that there is no soap residue in the water. Never use grey water that has soap residue to water plants because the soap could easily harm them.
Another great way to get your water bill down is to stop using your dishwasher. You’ll use much less electricity and water by just filling up the sink and hand washing. When we stopped using the dishwasher, our water bill dropped by almost $10.00 per month. For me? The convenience is not worth $120.00 per year.
One final thing you can do to help is to start timing showers. 15 minute showers are more than enough time for everyone to do everything that needs done and to and have a few minutes to just soak up the hot water. For shaving, use the sink and fill it with water instead of letting the water run or turning it on and off.
By doing just these 3 simple steps, you can see a pretty significant difference in your water bill each month. Ours dropped by more than $35.00 a month because we were not only using less water, but we were being charged less in sewage costs as well.
Read More on how YOU can save more on your utilities here