Water and electricity bills are some of the common expenses that we need to pay on a monthly basis. If you want to lower your water bill, you obviously need to conserve water in your home. Here are some simple ways to go about it:
It's all about the habits
Break that habit of turning off the faucet when not in used. You’ll be surprised with the big change on your water bills!
1. Shorten your time in the shower
It takes eight minutes for an average person to take a shower. That’s about 62 litres of hot water. Imagine how much water and electricity you can save if you take five-minute showers instead.
2. Turn off the bathroom tap when you’re not using it
Some people tend to keep the water running while brushing their teeth, washing their face and hands or even cleaning the sink. Break that habit and start turning the faucet off while doing the task and you’ll be surprised with the big change on your water bills.
3. Use rainwater for flushing
If there is enough space, you can have a rainwater tank set up in your backyard to gather rain and hook it up to your toilet plumbing.
4. Use a bucket if you need to clean up or when doing your tasks
There’s no need to keep the tap running.
5. Check your plumbing system
If there’s a faucet leak, fix it as soon as possible.
6. Check the water metre regularly
You can track your water consumption and try to reduce the amount of water being used for some of your household chores.
7. Use a dishwasher and set it on ‘low water’ mode
You can also save on your water bill if you use your dishwasher only when it’s full.
8. If you prefer washing dishes by hand, avoid running the tap continuously
In a double-basin sink, put soapy water in the first one then water for rinsing in the other sink.
9. Install a displacement device to lessen the amount of water every time you flush the toilet
One thrift way to lessen your waste water in every flush is a plastic bottle that you can put in your toilet tank. Simply put water and pebbles in the plastic bottle and you’ll save several litres of water per day.
10. Reuse cleaning water to wash your car or even to water the garden
Just make sure not to use water with cleaning products to water your plants.
11. One more tip to save water is to have a water butt which is used to collect rainwater
Reuse the water from your water butt when cleaning windows or sweeping the floor.
Got other ideas on how to save money on water and electricity? Share your ideas in the comments section.