Water bills can be an afterthought (less than 20 bucks a month) or a bill that truly terrifies you every month and that reaches into the hundred dollars a month or more range. That’s not to mention areas in the country like the west coast and Texas that have been hit by drought. Luckily, there are a number of smart and relatively inexpensive ways to reduce your water load and subsequently your water bill. You use the most water flushing, showering and doing laundry. So those should be your first areas of concerns.
Tips to save on your water bill
Find your typical water usage
This way you can figure out, perhaps, how your overall usage affects your water bill. There is, as for most things now here in the future, an app, or more accurately, an online estimator for that. You can find that link here
As usual with all things Internet, this isn’t an exact science and your final answer will only reflect the accuracy of your input, but it is a good starting point. Then compare that number of what your usage is with what your water bill states and try to decide what you can cut out to help save money on water.
Replace your toilet
It turns out toilets use the most water in your household. Any toilet made before 1994 should be replaced with high-efficiency toilets or HETs. Just by doing this, you can save nearly 5000 gallons of water per year. You should also check to make sure that your toilet isn’t leaking or running all day. Not only does that waste water, but it can also be quite expensive in places where water has become pricey.
Find and fix line and faucet leaks
You can try all the water conservation tips in the world, but it won’t mean much if you have a water leak or a leaky faucet. Or to use a personal anecdote: there was a person who had a downstairs toilet that never turned off and it cost an extra $300 that month. The better way to figure out if you have a leak is to turn off all the water in your house and then take a look at your water usage. You can get full instructions from the Alliance for Water Efficiency on how to check leaks for the whole house and from water supply lines.
Leaky faucets can be observed, and they should be fixed immediately. Just one faucet leaking 60 drops a minute ends up wasting more than 2000 gallons per year. These faucets should also be replaced by more efficient faucets or faucet aerators.
Take shorter showers
You can do a couple of things here. Instead of the 10-minute shower, try limiting your showering time to about five minutes. Something else you can do is replace showerheads that have a flow rate greater than 2.5 gallons or 9.5 liters per minute. The new national standard is a maximum of 2.0 gallons or 7.6 liters per minute. Reducing flow and shower time will both help you save money on water.