Water is one of the most important things on earth. Not only are the majority of our bodies made up of it, but we drink it and use it every single day. But aside from the water we drink which we should never cut down on, how can we reduce our “water” footprint while also saving money? If you’ve recently felt inspired to be more environmentally friendly, or even save yourself some money, here are some easy ways in which you can reduce your water usage, and ultimately, reduce your water bill:
- Take care of leaks immediately: While leaks don’t seem like an immediate issue, leaving them as they are will cost you lots of money in the long run. This doesn’t just apply to the massive water bill you’ll be racking up, but the bills you’ll have to pay to fix any extensive water damage caused by a leak. Therefore, make sure you turn off all of your faucets and take care of any leaks.
- Invest in water-conserving shower heads: Even though buying yourself a water-saving shower head might cost you a little bit of money in the beginning, it will have a large impact on your water bills. In effect, these devices use less gallons of water per minute, and can reduce that number by half or more. Also, it should go without saying that you should cut down the amount of time you spend in the shower, in general.
- Don’t neglect your dishwasher: Contrary to popular belief, dishwashing tends to use less water than handwashing. So don’t be afraid to use your dishwasher, because that’s what it’s there for.
- Wash your clothes in cold water: Washing your clothes in cold water is good for a number of reasons. First, and most relevant to this advice, is that cold water is less expensive than washing your clothes in hot water. Secondly, cold water preserves colors and dyes better than hot water, meaning that there is no downside to choosing cold water.
- Garden in the morning: If you like to garden or you’re set on maintaining your lawn, be sure to water your plants and grass early in the morning, and not later than noon. Why is this? Watering your plants later in the day means that there is a greater chance for all of the water to evaporate faster, which is a waste to both your plants and your water bill.