We all have that one friend in our life who is prepared for anything and everything. Bandaids in their wallets, an extra toothbrush in their gym bag, and an emergency fund for when things go sideways in life.
Sometimes you wish you were more like that friend. Prepared and ready to take action. Well, now you can be a little more prepared when it comes to your water bill. Take a look at how professional plumbers save money on their water bill, and you and that friend will have more in common.
Shower Instead of Taking Baths
A bath can be quite a relaxing, tranquil experience. It almost feels like being at the spa. Especially if you opt for candles and essential oils. However, if saving money is on your to-do list this year, it’s probably time to make the switch to showers instead.
Showers use about 20-25 gallons of water per 10 minutes, which is an average shower time. If you opt for tranquility, you will be adding a whopping 36 gallons to your usage. And that’s just a standard tub. If you have one of those huge soakers, jet stream-like tubs, it’s likely more.
So, if you want to start building that emergency fund and be safe like your buddy, it’s time to swap out the baths and take some showers. Your wallet will thank you.
Use Greywater for Water Your Plants
This is an awesome way to not only save money on your water bill but also be a little nicer to the environment. Reduce, reuse and recycle your way to savings by collecting your wastewater, or, greywater in your home, and use it to water plants and flush your toilets.
Collecting Greywater is easy:
- Wash your fruits and veggies in a bowl in the sink, and keep the water from the bowl
- Scoop your leftover water from your baths (which you will now be having less of)
- Collect water from your faucet while running hot water for a shower
- Place a bucket under the hose attached to the washing machine to catch the water during the rinse cycle
These are all useful ways to catch greywater. And if you don’t have plants, you can use it to flush your toilets. Just pour some greywater in the bowl, and the toilet will flush without the use of freshwater.
Check Your Home for Leaks
Leaks in the house are a very messy and expensive pain. But they certainly can be avoided, if you take these steps to check for leaks, and often.
How to Check for Leaks:
- Listen for running toilets. Sometimes the flappers get loose, or break
- Check for surface water around your faucets and pipes. A dripping faucet can cost you an extra 1,000 gallons of water a year
- Do a whole home check by shutting all your water for 15 minutes, and monitor the meter reading. If it jumps, there may be a hidden leak
Take Your Car to a Carwash
Spending a few dollars every couple of weeks at the local car wash will ultimately save you cash in the long run.
Home car washes use approximately 120 gallons of water per wash, and if you have to wash more than one car, that’s double.
Taking your car to a carwash uses only about 20 gallons, saves you money on your water bill, and is much better for the environment.
With all this money you save on your water bill, you can start putting some away for that emergency fund. Your friend will be so proud of you.