Utilities can be difficult to budget because of the fluctuation of your bills. You may not be able to to predict how much your water bill will be, but here are some ways you can reduce your bill.
1. Take shorter showers. There’s nothing more relaxing than a long, hot shower after a stressful day, but when you’re trying to cut expenses, that’s just not practical. By cutting your time in the shower by about half, you’ll be able to save a significant amount. Also, if you have a conventional shower head, switch it with a more efficient low-flow shower head.
2. Turn off the water between rinses. Small actions like turning the faucet off between rinses while washing dishes by hand or brushing your teeth can make a big enough impact on your water bill.
3. Do less laundry. Wait to have full loads to do laundry. Also, only use cold water except when you need to get out heavy stains. There are also items that don’t need to be washed after every use, which is especially true for towels.
4. Be watchful of any leaks. Any time we’ve had a leaky faucet, I’ve seen an huge increase in our bill. This is one of the biggest wastes in your household budget, so if you find a leak, have it repaired promptly.
5. Update appliances. It seems counterproductive to spend more money to save money. But when you replace inefficient appliances, like your washing machine and dishwasher, with Energy Star ones, the increase in savings makes up for the extra expense.