There are a lot of different ways to save money, but changes that you make to reduce your recurring monthly bills have a huge impact. Instead of just saving money once, you can save money each and every month. At the end of the year, add up the total, and you’ll be surprised at the impact you can have just with some simple changes to your daily routine.
One example of a recurring expense is the water bill. With some small changes you can use significantly less water with only a small impact on your life. And best of all, you’ll save money each month! The end result is you’ll save hundreds of dollars a year by implementing some of the tips in this article to save money on your water bill.
Ways to Save Water In the Kitchen
Of course, we all use a lot of water in the kitchen. It’s necessary, but here are some easy ways to minimize the amount of water that you use.
1. Scrape Dishes Clean Before Rinsing
Many of us get in the habit of rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. You should only be rinsing dishes if they’re really dirty and won’t be cleaned by the dishwasher alone. Otherwise it’s just a waste of water (and a waste of time).
2. Only Run the Dishwasher When You Have a Full Load
Don’t run the dishwasher if it is only partially full. Wait until it is totally full, and you can easily cut down on the number of times you run it each month. Not only will you reduce the amount of water that you use, but you’ll also save on electricity.
3. Buy an Efficient Dishwasher
Not all dishwashers use the same amount of water. When it comes time to replace your dishwasher, or if you’re building a new house, be sure that you buy one that is efficient. According to Consumer Reports, over a 10-year life cycle and Energy Star rated dishwasher will save at least 1,600 gallons of water. Remember to check the ratings and specs of any appliance that you buy.
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4. Use One Glass or Cup Per Day Per Person
One way to save water is to use fewer dishes, or in this case, glasses. Rather than getting a new glass every time you need a drink, use one glass all day. Each person in your home can use one glass all day, and at the end of the day you’ll have fewer dishes to wash. It’s amazing how many glasses and cups can wind up in the dishwasher if you’re not paying attention to this.
5. Limit the Use of the Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals are nice, but the more you run it, the more water you’ll be using. You don’t need to use any water just to throw something in the trash. Only use the garbage disposal if some food gets down in there, or if you really need to for some other reason. But in general, just throw it in the trash can instead.
6. Soak Pots and Pans
Pots and pans can take a lot of effort to clean. It’s usually a lot easier to clean them if they’ve soaked for a while before you attempt to wash them. You’ll spend less time, do less scraping, and use a lot less water.
You can simply put some water and add a small amount of baking soda and let it soak. Another trick that my mom taught me is to put some water and a small amount if dish soap in the pot or pan, and leave it on the stove while the stove is still a little hot (after it’s turned off). The heat and soap will work together to loosen some of the food, making it easier to clean.
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Ways to Save Water in the Bathroom
The bathroom is another area where we all use a lot of water. Here are some tips you can put into practice today to start reducing that amount.
7. Get a Low-Flow Shower Head
Low-flow shower heads use significantly less water than a standard shower head. And, despite what you may be thinking, it’s really not a very noticeable difference with the good low-flow shower heads. You won’t notice much of a difference, but you’ll make a big reduction in the amount of water you use. According to some calculations, you can save well over $100 per year with a low-flow shower head. And it will also save you money on electricity or gas if you’re heating less water for the shower.