Americans waste A LOT of water. WE waste A LOT of water everyday. Here in Buckhannon we are charged for the water we use and the sewer that exits. It’s like being charged twice for the same thing! Crazy right? Saving money and helping the environment are some of my favorite things. SAVE THE TURTLES! Anyways, here are some tips we use that make a BIG difference in our water/sewer bill. With four people in our house the water bill is pretty low, under $80.00. They still waste a lot of water. I’m working on them.
1. Only run large loads of laundry
This seems harder than it really is. Combine everyone’s laundry! Do laundry once a week so you have full loads. You can still separate colors, jeans, dress shirts, towels, etc. You will use less water and less electricity running large loads of laundry instead of multiple small/medium loads. I know the kids “I don’t want his/her stuff touching mine.” They’ll get over it.
I make my own laundry detergent (I’ll post this another day).
2. Only run the dishwasher when it is full
When you wash dishes, make sure the dishwasher is FULL before running a cycle. We only use the “normal” cycle which uses significantly less water. Sometimes it’s hard to get a full dishwasher, just wait until the end of the day. We try to run the dishwasher once a day (at night). I’m still working on this concept with my boyfriend’s son. He runs half empty cycles and it kills me! So much wasted water and electricity! Running a full dishwasher actually uses LESS water then washing those dishes by hand!
You guessed it, I also make my own dishwasher detergent.
3. Turn the sink off in between activities
Rinsing dishes? Washing your hands? Brushing your teeth? Turn OFF the water in between cycles. When you’re not putting a dish under the water, turn it off. When you’re washing your hands, turn the water off. When you’re brushing your teeth, turn off the water. It seems inconvenient but really makes a difference in your bills! All of that water just runs down the drain, you get charged twice, and you didn’t even use it!
The final and hardest one:
4. Turn off the water when you’re taking a shower.
Everyone hates this. I picked up on this habit when I lived in Japan. It’s not that bad, it actually makes showering easier. When you’re taking a shower wet your body and turn off the water. Turn the water off then wash your hair and body. We waste so much water showering. When the water’s off it’s easier to shave and let your conditioners soak. I’ve heard every excuse in the book, “It’s cold, it’s annoying, the water gets cold.” This is probably our biggest waste of water. We use gallons of water in the shower! Think about it. If you have a 55 gallon hot water tank that runs out of hot water while you’re showering, you used 55 gallons of water!
I stopped doing this for a month when I first got laid off due to stress and our water bill went up to $120! That was eye opening. I’m back on track now.
I hope these tips help you save money on your water bills! If you have any other tips to save money on water let me know! Please subscribe and share. Like us on Facebook!