The water and sewer bill used to be one of the cheapest utilities. But water bills have shot way up in recent years and that’s just in Michigan, the Water Wonderland! Even residents in states with water all around are getting socked with a higher water and sewer bill. And these costs are still rising, even after the kids–those kings and queens of water waste–moved out! In one way, it may be a good thing that water bills are rising because now people are forced be more conscious of water usage, stop wasting water and not take that precious natural resource for granted. It is important to remember that in the city, water bills reflect not only actual water consumption, but sewer usage as well as the taxes levied on both utilities. People can’t control taxes and the sewer bill is harder to lower, being calculated on community as well as personal usage. Bu you can save money on water bills with mindful choices. Here are 30 money saving tips to cut your water and sewer bill in half for a month of penny-pinching!
Stop wasting water and cut the water and sewer bill with these tips. First, never flush disposable wipes, even if the manufacturer says that they are flushable. Never flush anything but toilet paper down the toilet. Use 2-3 squares of toilet paper at a time instead of 5-10, especially if you buy the very thick kind of toilet paper. Most people use far more than they need, so stop wasting water and expensive toilet paper!
Keep the toilet in good repair to cut your water and sewer bill. If your toilet runs, jiggle the handle to make stop. Stop wasting water from a running toilet. Also, make sure that the float chain is attached to the handle. If your toilet is running sluggishly, purchase some copper sulfate and flush it down the drain. Or you can use cheaper rock salt, but it doesn’t dissolve as well. Salt and copper sulfate kills roots that get into plumbing (especially in old clay sewer pipes.)
Stop wasting water in the laundry room and save money on water bills (or a lot more!) Run full loads of laundry. Don’t overfill your washing machine, but do set the washing machine for the correct load size. Save money washing little loads with less water. Do not use the “Second Rinse” option that many new washing machines have. Measure laundry detergent and use the recommended or a little less detergent and fabric softener. This way there’s less to rinse out. If you like stronger scented laundry, use fragrance crystals. If your clothes aren’t rinsing properly, make sure that you are not packing your washing machine too full. Try switching laundry detergent brands. Don’t use powdered laundry soap and cold water as it doesn’t dissolve well. If your washing machine calls for you to use High Efficiency (HE) detergent, make sure that you use the right kind.This will save money on water bills and on laundry detergent and fabric softener.
Stop wasting water and save money on water bills in the shower. Use the recommended amount of shampoo, cream rinse and soap in the shower. Don’t mindless glop on shampoo and conditioner–you’ll use twice the amount of product as you really need. Not only is this bad for hair and skin, it wastes shampoo and conditioner, takes twice as long to rinse out, plus a lot of product just goes down the drain adding more chemicals to water sources. Try using a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, especially for babies and children. Apply soap and body wash directly on hair or body or on a wash cloth. How many times have you put shampoo in your palm only to have it slide off and wash down the drain? Keep shower drains clean. Turn the water off while soaping up. Down run the hot water to warm the shower. Turn it on when you get in. Install a low output shower head on your shower. This will reduce the amount of water used during a shower. Install a hand held shower head to direct water where you need it and stop wasting water. This will save money on the water and sewer bill.
Miscellaneous ways to save money on water bills and stop wasting water. Turn off the water while you are brush your teeth. Water your lawn in the morning or evening (the water absorbs better). Don’t water your lawn every day or don’t water grass at all. Clean above ground pools and run a filter; don’t constantly refill the pool water. Check your house water meter for any leakage. There is a dial on the front of the meter. If it is moving, and all your water sources are turned off, then you have a leak somewhere. Make sure that your ice cube maker in the freezer is not blocked. This can cause water to run. Refrigerate gallons of water if you like cold water. Don’t let the tap water run until it’s as cold (or hot) as you like. Run full loads of dishes in your dishwasher and wash dishes by hand. Bathe little children together. Use sprayer nozzles on your sink and garden hose. This will direct the water better so that you don’t waste water.