How you can save on your water bills

Erik Van Tongerloo By Erik Van Tongerloo, 31st May 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ryewqgrh/
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Water is likely the most important utility resource on earth and nobody can survive without drinking water. Statistics show people use on average 50 gallons of water daily and they can easily save water if they put some energy in an efficient use of water.

Introduction

Water is likely the most important utility resource on earth and nobody can survive without drinking water. There are either more unavoidable uses of water which result in high water bills and you best research all options which may help you to save on your water bills. The key is often an efficient use of water and avoiding to waste water.

You may wonder why water bills can be so high because our earth is covered for 70% with water from the ocean but most of this water can’t be used for our necessities in life. Water from the ocean is too salty and you can’t drink it and neither use it for cooking, washing and to water your plants. We need fresh water and an overuse of water increases our water bill rapidly.

Statistics show people use on average 50 gallons of water daily and they can easily save water if they put some energy in an efficient use of water.

Here are some tips which may help you to lower your water bills:

1. Checking for leaks

It is maybe one of the most important tips which can help you to save water. You can waste plenty of water if there are some hidden leaks in your house. It is useful to check your water meter two times in a two hour period or even more when no water is used. If you notice a difference in your water meter you have to check for leaks in your house. Insulating your water pipes is also helpful because you get hot water faster and don’t waste water.

2.Take a shower instead of a bath and limit the time of use

You need more water to fill your bath than if you take a shower. For an efficient use of your shower you need to use a water saving shower head which can save between 30 and 40% compared with a normal shower head. The longer you take a shower the more water you use and you might wonder how much water you can save if you use only the necessary water. It is maybe best to limit your showers to 5 minutes instead of a quarter or even more.

3. Washing your face, shaving and brushing your teeth.

Don’t let the water run when you wash your face, brush your teeth or while saving. If you count the unnecessary waste of water through forgetting to turn off the water, you save a lot of money on your water bill.

4. Save water in your toilet

It is certainly necessary to flush the toilet for a good hygiene but you can limit the frequency. It is unnecessary to flush for every insect, a piece of hair or some other small things you find in the toilet. You might remove this with a tissue instead of using water. There are also several water saving appliances you can use to reduce the consumption of water for every flush, for example Interflush, Peterton Dual Flush, ecoBeta, Hippo the Water saver and many others.

5. Your dishwasher and washing machine

It is best you use your dishwasher and washing machine only when these are fully loaded. If you buy a new one, you can best compare different models and buy one with a lower consumption of water.

6. Drinking water

You may never limit drinking water. It is necessary to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and to maintain good health. You can save water if you store this in the refrigerator instead of letting the tap run for a glass of water.

7. Using rainwater for your plants and washing your car

You can store rainwater in a container and use it for washing your car and to water your plants. It may help you to save water instead of using tap water.

Conclusion

Saving on your water bill is often a matter of an efficient use of your water and avoiding to waste water. You can’t avoid using water because you need to drink water for your health and you need water for many appliances in your house which can’t be replaced by other and cheaper sources of energy. The key is to limit your use of water, other than drinking water, and water saving products may help you to succeed.

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Bath, Bill, Saving, Shower, Shower Head, Water

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author avatar Erik Van Tongerloo
I was born and live in Belgium. I am book-keeper and I am interested in financial topics, travel, technology, running etc.

My hobbies are listening music, traveling and running.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
1st Jun 2010 (#)

Lucky for me where I live water is free, it comes from the well, however its good to no waste it because we still pay for the electricity to run the pump.

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