Ways To Lower Your Water Bill
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Easy Habits That Will Lower Your Water Bill

Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 5:22 pm
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Was your water bill too expensive last month? Are you worried about it getting higher this summer? Here are some ways to lower your water bill.When it comes to saving money, every little bit helps! Summer weather can make your water bill increase. Hot weather makes people want to take more showers than usual and to keep refilling the “kiddie pool”. It is understandable but can get expensive. Here are some ways to lower your water bill.

How to Lower Your Water Bill

Put drinking water in the refrigerator.
What do you do when you want to get a glass of water from the sink? Many people run the water for a while until it starts to get cold – and then fill their glass. There is a way to avoid wasting that water. Put a pitcher of drinking water into your refrigerator. The water will already be cold when you are ready to drink it.

Set a timer for the shower.
The shorter the shower, the less water you will use. Setting a timer is a good way to remind yourself to get in and out of the shower as fast as possible. It motivates you to wash more quickly than you typically do.

Another option is to get into the shower and get your hair and body wet. Then, turn off the water while you lather the soap and shampoo. Turn the shower on again when you are ready to rinse off the soap.

Make full loads.
You can save money on your water bill by making sure the dishwasher, or washing machine, is full before running it. This allows you to get everything clean without the need of running a second load (and using even more water). Big families that produce a lot of dirty laundry and dirty dishes should have no problem finding enough things to make full loads with!

Take the hose away from the kids.
Make it a rule that only the adults at your house are allowed to use the garden hose. Most children do not have any idea how much water they are using when they spray the hose at their siblings (or to refill a “kiddie pool”.) Now is a great time to teach your children that water is precious and should not be used as a “toy” or amusement. Find them something else to play with.

Check your faucets for drips.
A faucet that drips very slowly can quickly eat away at your budget. All those little drips of water add up! Take a moment to check all the faucets in your home for drips and leaks. Repair the ones that require it, and you will be using less water. That can help lower your water bill.

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