It's easier than you may think to lower your water bill. Donnie and I have implemented just a few of the strategies listed below, and our average monthly payment has decreased by approximately ten dollars. That's an extra $120 a year to pay down debt, contribute to savings, help those in need, or use for home repairs. It may not seem like much, but I'll take it!
- Brush your teeth in the shower.
- Turn the water off while you lather up soap, shave, brush your teeth, or floss.
- Install a low-flow shower head.
- Place a gallon milk container filled with water in your toilet tank.
- Only flush the toilet when necessary (I'll leave it to your discretion to define "necessary").
- Get out of the shower five minutes earlier than usual.
- Only wash full loads of laundry or dishes.
- Turn the water off while you scrub dirty dishes.
- Make sure to turn all faucets entirely off after use.
- After you boil pasta or potatoes, use the water to feed your plants.
How do you save money on your utility bills? Do you have any unique tips or tricks for cutting costs painlessly?
Originally published April 2008.