Water costs money.
Unfortunately, most people act like it’s free. So they let the faucet run full blast while they wash dishes; they run the dish washer half empty; they over water their lawn; etc. It’s like money down the drain.
I’m fairly water conscious, not only because water costs money… but also because water is a limited resource. I feel like it’s our responsibility to use water wisely, and not wastefully.
How water frugal am I? Here’s a snapshot from our last water bill:
Since the image might be hard to read, let me give you the numbers. For this billing period, we used 3,400 gallons of water. That’s for a family of five.
But guess what? For the same period last year, the water usage was more than double at 8,500 gallons. Since we’re renting, that number reflects the usage of the family who owns the home and lived here before us. (They are also a family of five.)
How does a family possibly need that many gallons of water… in winter?
I don’t know.
My goal is to help others cut down on water usage, if they so desire. So here are 13 things I do to conserve water and keep our water bill as affordable as possible…
- Drink all the water you put in your glass. Never pour it down the drain.
- Don’t let the water run full blast while rinsing dishes.
- Turn the water off when placing dishes in the dish washer.
- Only run the dish washer when it’s 100% full.
- Don’t let the water run while shaving. Fill some water in the sink; rinse your blade in that.
- Take showers of a reasonable length. Avoid baths.
- So long as you’re urinating, don’t flush the toilet every time. Flush it every two or three trips. (Just remember to flush if you have guests over!)
- Have dinner guests who didn’t finish their water? Pour it on the indoor plants.
- Properly adjust sprinklers so they only spray on your grass (not the sidewalk or driveway).
- Turn off sprinklers when it rains. Leave them off for at least two days following a heavy rain.
- Only water your lawn when the sun is down. This prevents unnecessary evaporation.
- Fix leaky toilets and leaky faucets as soon as you can.
- Use one drinking glass for 4-7 days before getting a new one. (Prevents the dish washer from filling up too fast.)
I’m sure there are more tricks for saving water that I’ve forgotten. These are the ones I can think of right now.
What water-saving tips do you have? Leave a comment with your suggestions. Thanks!