8 Ways to Lower Your Water Bill

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Jaymi Naciri helps us to get ready for summer heat by offering ideas on lowering your water bill this summer.

When the temps rise, so does water usage. And that means a larger impact on areas that are already struggling with drought conditions, not to mention the impact on your wallet, regardless of where you live.

“Summer’s rising temperatures often coincide with rising outdoor water use, primarily due to an increase in lawn and landscape watering,” said WaterSense. “While using water efficiently is important throughout the year, sometimes the timing of water use can make a big difference for community water supplies – and your water bill.”

In most cases, there are easy fixes you can make to be more water efficient. Here are 8 you can incorporate into your daily habits immediately.

Turn off the faucet!

Did you know that you waste a good four gallons of water every time you leave the faucet running while you’re brushing your teeth? This one easy change can make a big difference in your water usage and conservation efforts.

Check the toilets

“It may seem like a slow drip, but those drips add up to gallons faster than you might realize,” said Maximum Yield. “To diagnose a silent toilet leak, place food coloring in your toilet tank and wait to see if the color makes it into the bowl. If you see color seeping in, it’s time for a fix.”

Set a timer

Have kids (or spouses) that take impossibly long showers? Even cutting back on a couple a week can dramatically curb your water usage. Shave off two minutes to save as much as 1,750 gallons of water per person a year! Set a 10-minute timer on a waterproof shower clock so your water-wasting offender can see how much time they have left to rinse, lather, and repeat.

Use the dishwasher

Here’s a surprising fact: You actually use far more water handwashing dishes than if you run the dishwasher. How much more? “Doing a full load in your machine is far more efficient than washing the same number of dishes by hand,” said This Old House. “This is especially true if you have an Energy Star dishwasher, which requires an average of four gallons of water per load, compared with the 24 gallons it takes to do them in the sink. Using one will save you 5,000 gallons of water, $40 in utility costs, and 230 hours of your time each year.”

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