Reducing your Summer Water Bill
Owning a home or renting an apartment can come with a lot of expenses that go beyond rent payments. If you own your own home, you will be responsible for water bills. If you are renting, some landlords include hot water in the monthly rent charge, but many do not and it falls on the tenants to pay. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to lower your monthly water bill. Read below for our tips!
Check for Leaks
When people think of a water leak, they often imagine a large amount of water that is immediately noticeable. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes a small sink leak can lead to a surge in your water bill. If you notice an increased cost and can’t attribute it to anything, it is a good idea to check all options for a potential leak. Small leaks have simple fixes—often, something just needs a bit of tightening.
Keep an Eye on your Shower Time
While a long, hot shower can be a relaxing start or end to the day, there is no denying that has an effect on your water bill total. If you are really looking to save some money, try lowering your amount of time spent in the shower by one minute at a time until you reach the minimum amount possible. While you may feel rushed in the beginning, you will feel relief once you see your lowered water bill!
Don’t Leave Faucets Running
It can feel like second nature to leave a sink running while performing a task such as brushing your teeth or washing your face. To lower water bills and be eco-friendly, it is best to turn off the sink while you do not need it. This means turning it on, off and on again for teeth brushing. This is a very small way to make a difference and does not require a lot of effort!
When it comes to toilets, not all are created equal! There are many eco-friendly toilet options that use less water than traditional toilets. While replacing a toilet is an option for owners and not renters, many landlords and luxury buildings are renovating and installing them. Also, be sure to keep an eye out and make sure your toilet is not running constantly—this is a simple mistake that can cost a lot of money!
Laundry and Dish Washing
Laundry machines use a lot of water to wash your clothes. To reduce water costs, it is a good idea to only run the laundry machine for full loads as opposed to lots of small loads. When doing dishes, it is a better idea to use a dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand. Washing by hand usually means a sink running for a lot longer than it needs to, and increases your water bill.
Follow the above tips to lower your water bill, and thank us later!