All of us are looking for ways to save money where we can, and there’s nothing more distressing than watching a water bill shoot sky-high.
Fortunately, there are lots of great ways you can save water.
Use your dishwasher correctly
A lot of people simply don’t use this machine the way it was intended to be used. They don’t learn how to load it, and they run it before it’s filled to capacity. That’s why most people continue to pre-wash their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
But if you take out your user’s manual, learn how to load the dishwasher correctly, and simply scrape your plates, cups, bowls, and silverware you’ll find most modern dishwashers do a great job of jetting every last bit of the food off on their own. They only fail to do this when they are improperly loaded, because improper loading keeps them from getting to the food particles they’re meant to get to.
The same goes for your washing machine, by the way: read your owner’s manual, use it properly, and wash full loads at the right water level for the load.
Put drinking water in the fridge
If you’ve ever run water for a long time waiting for it to get cold, then you’ll know why this tip works. Tap water is never going to get truly cold anyway, so keep a pitcher of water in the fridge and put ice in the freezer. You’ll be able to enjoy water that’s really refreshing, and you’ll use every drop that you run.
Adopt good bathroom habits
Take showers instead of baths, and keep them short—most people only need 5 minutes to wash their hair and body, then rinse it down again. You might be the exception if you’re working in a profession that tends to leave you very dirty at the end of the day, i.e. a car mechanic, but this is more the exception that proves the rule.
You can also stop running the water while you shave or brush your teeth. There’s no reason to let it flow endlessly down the drain. Just run it when you need to wet your brush or rinse your razor, then turn it off again.
Pay close attention to your plumbing fixtures
A faucet leak can use up to 2,000 gallons of water per year, water you’re not benefitting from but that you nevertheless pay for. Toilet leaks can use 500 gallons of water a year, even if they are slow or subtle. A lot of people fail to notice their hot water heater leaking until it’s spilled hundreds of gallons of water onto the ground as well. And that one toilet that forces you to keep “jiggling the handle” if you want to stop it from running? Well, you should probably get that looked at.
In fact, the amount of water and money you’ll save from making sure your plumbing system functions precisely as it’s supposed to dwarfs all the savings you can receive simply by making all these other adjustments to your lifestyle. The savings are significant…enough to eventually pay for the improvements you’ve made in the first place.
Concerned your water bill is too high? A high water bill is one of the first signs of a plumbing problem, whether it’s inside or outside of your home. Call On The Way to get your problem diagnosed today.