Ways to Save Money on Your Water Bill
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Ways to Save Money on Your Water Bill

Posted on Friday, August 9th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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utility billsWas your last water bill higher than you expected it to be? There are some simple things you can do that will help lower the cost of your next water bill. Use less water and you will be able to cut back on your water bill. Little changes can often add up to a big savings.

Wash a Full Load
Make sure to fill the washing machine when you are doing laundry. This will help cut down on the number of loads of laundry that you need to do. Some machines presume that you will always be doing a full load of laundry and will use enough water to accomplish that task. If you only threw in enough clothing and bedding for a half load, you end up wasting water.

Use a Timer For the Shower
Set a timer that will go off three minutes after you step into the shower. Use those minutes to get your hair and body completely wet. When the timer goes off, turn off the water and quickly lather shampoo into your hair and soap over the rest of you. After you have an adequate amount of soap, turn the water back on. Rinse as quickly as you can. This will cut down on the amount of water you use while taking a shower.

Put the Little Kids in the Tub
Parents of very young children can put their toddler and preschooler into the bathtub at the same time. Add a couple of bath toys to keep the kids entertained. Quickly wash and rinse each child before the water gets too cold (or too dirty). Little kids sometimes find it amusing to share a bath with a sibling. Doing this saves the money you would have spent on filling up the bathtub for the second time that night.

Hand Wash the Dishes
Your dishwasher can go through a whole lot of water. One way to cut down, and control, the amount of water that is used to wash dishes is if you do it by hand. If you have a double sink you can fill one side with hot water and add dish soap. Let dishes soak as needed. Scrub them clean. Rinse each one over the other sink. Turn off the faucet until the next dish is ready to be rinsed off. Don’t let the water run down the drain the entire time!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.