Ways to SAVE on your Water Bill
Published at Shakespir
Distributed by Denkdendorf Press
Copyright 2016 by Elisa Denk
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Save water; save money! Waste water; waste money. It’s as simple as that.
Your hard-earned money down the drain.
Here are practical, simple, straightforward ways to save water in the home, outside the home, and for pet owners.
Give these tips a ‘dry’ run and see what happens.
Start now. The sooner you get started saving water the sooner you save money. The more tips you use the more you will save.
Be patient with the process. Some habits take a while to establish.
SAVING water in the Home
In the Kitchen
Run your dishwasher with only full loads. SAVE up to 400 gallons a month.
No need to rinse your dishes if your dishwasher is new. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
Place dishwasher tubing to drain into the yard. – Mark F.
Minimize use of garbage disposal units. SAVE 10 gallons per every 4 minutes.
Create a compost pile as an alternate way of disposing food waste. SAVE up to 90 gallons per day. Author’s note: I do this. I discovered I actually enjoy composting, feeling closer to Mother Earth. And it is something that other family members can get involved with.
When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.
If you have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a pan full of hot water. SAVE 4 gallons per day. Author’s note: I do not agree with this procedure. However it does saver water.
Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water rinse while you scrape them clean. SAVE up to 2 gallons per pan.
Scoop out used dishwater to water plants. – Mark F.
Keep a container of drinking water in the fridge instead of running tap water to cool it off. SAVE up to 1 gallon per use.
Designate one glass for your drinking water each day. It will reduce the number of times you run the dishwasher. Author’s note: It also saves on physical energy.
Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator.
Cook food in as little water as possible. It will also retain more nutrients.
Install an instant-water heater by your kitchen sink so you don’t have to let the water run while it heats up.
Use leftover water from one’s drinking glass. Pour into a compost bucket for later use, or pour the water on a plant. – Mark F.
In the Bathroom
If it takes a long time for hot water to reach the shower, use it as an opportunity to collect water for other uses, such as watering houseplants.
Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. SAVE up to 1000 gallons a month or SAVE up to 8 gallons each shower.
Install water-saving shower heads. SAVE 12.5 gallons with a low-flow showerhead.
Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rinse off. SAVE 5 to10 gallons per minute.
Turn off the shower before soaping up. Turn it back on to rinse. A 4-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.
Turn the water off while you shampoo and condition your hair. SAVE more than 50 gallons a week.
Scoop out used bathwater to water plants or yard. Mark F.
If your shower can fill a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
Don’t use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. SAVE 5 to 7gallons of water. Author’s note: This one has me a little flushed.
Check your toilets for leaks. Add a couple of drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 25 minutes, you have a leak. Most replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install. SAVE more than 7000 gallons a year.
For older, non low-flush toilets, be sure at least 3 gallons of water remain in the tank so it will flush properly. [_ Two flushings at 1.4 gallons is worse than a single 2- gallon flush. Purchase an adjustable toilet flapper that allows for adjustment of their per-flush use. Then the user can adjust the flush rate to the minimum per flush setting that achieves a single good flush each time. _]
For new installations, consider buying ‘low flush’ toilets, which use 1 to 2 gallons per flush instead of the usual 3 to 5 gallons. Author’s note: Or just go with the flow.
Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush and while brushing your teeth. SAVE 3 gallons a minute. (Which is more than 1000 gallons a year.)
Rinse your razor in the sink. Fill the sink with a few inches of warm water. SAVE up to 300 gallons a month. Author’s note: My husband does this. And, it works well.
Turn off the water while you shave. SAVE more than 100 gallons a week.
In the Laundry Room
A new washing machine can SAVE up to 20 gallons per load.
When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
If you cannot adjust the water level, wash clothes only when you have a full load. SAVE up to 600 gallons each month. Author’s note: Less labor intensive, too.
Washing dark clothes in cold water SAVES on water while it helps your clothes to keep their colors.
Place washing machine tubing to drain outside to water the yard.
Teach your children to tightly turn the faucets off after each use. You can make a game from it.
Check faucets and pipes for leaks. SAVE 20 gallons to 100s of gallons of per day.
Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks. Read the house water meter before and after a 2-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
Install aerators on all household faucets. SAVE 1.2 gallons per person per day.
Insulate your water pipes. You will get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
Consider installing new appliances. They are more water-and energy-efficient than older appliances.
SAVING water outside the Home
Follow your community’s water use restrictions.
[* Plant drought-resistant lawns, plants, trees and shrubs. SAVE 30 -60 gallons per 1,000 sq. ft. *]
Native plants will use less water and be more resistant to local plant diseases.
Cover slopes with plants that will retain water and help reduce runoff.
Add a layer of mulch around trees and plants. The interesting thing is that mulch can be quite a few things…rocks…wine corks…. Author’s note: I used pine cones that I found during my walks.
_*Mulch will slow evaporation. Adding approximately 3 inches of compost or bark mulch to retain moisture. Press the organic material down around the dripline of each plant to form a slight depression which will minimize water runoff._ *SAVE up to 50 percent.
Don’t water the gutters.
Position sprinklers so water lands only on the lawn or garden. SAVE up to 12 – 15 gallons each time you water.
Water your lawn only when it needs it. An easy way to see if your lawn needs watering is to step on the grass. If it springs back up when you move, it doesn’t need water. If it stays flat, the lawn is ready for watering. Letting the grass grow to 3 inches will also promote water retention in the soil.
Stop watering the lawn. Most lawns need only about 1 inch of water each week. During dry spells, stop watering altogether. The lawn will turn brown. Once cooler weather arrives, the morning dew and rainfall will turn the lawn green again.
Deep-soak your lawn. Water it long enough for the moisture to soak down to the roots where it will do the most good. Place an empty tuna can (1.25 inches deep) on your lawn – when it’s full, you watered the right amount.
Do not water when it is windy. Author’s note: I learned this one the hard way. I ended up getting soaked.
Water during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter. _*Early morning is generally better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus._ *SAVE 25 gallons per watering.
Adding organic material to your soil will increase its absorption and water retention. Areas which are already planted can be ‘top dressed’ with compost or organic matter. SAVE 20 – 30 gallons per 1,000 sq. ft.
Place soaker hoses in strategic areas.
Avoid over-watering shrubs and plants. This can diminish plant health and cause yellowing leaves.
If watering with a hose, use a variable spray nozzle for targeted watering.
Plant during the spring or fall when the watering requirements are lower.
Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.
Choose shrubs and groundcovers for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
Direct downspouts and other runoff towards shrubs and trees, or collect and use for your garden.
Altering the grade of your lawn to redirect fast-flowing water to plants at the low end of your yard.
Use a water-efficient drip irrigation system for trees, plants, shrubs and flowers. Watering at the roots is very effective. Be careful not to over water. SAVE up to15 gallons each time.
Next time you add or replace flowers or shrubs, choose a low-water-use plant. SAVE up to 550 gallons each year. Author’s note: Or just don’t add nor replace.
Plant turf grass only in areas where people will actively use it.
Organize your landscape into hydro-zones. Hydro-zones are areas of landscape with plants and vegetation that have similar water requirements. This prevents over-watering some plants and under-watering others.
Healthy soil will prevent water loss through evaporation.
Add a graywater system to collect water from your washing machine or shower and bath. Use it on the landscape.
Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings. Leaks outside the house may not seem as bad since they’re not as visible.
Don’t run the hose while washing your car. Clean the car using a pail of soapy water. Use the hose only for rinsing. SAVE as much as 150 gallons per washing. Use a spray nozzle when rinsing for an efficient use of water. Or use a waterless car washing system*.*
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your paved areas. SAVE up to 80 gallons of water each time. Author’s note: You will burn more calories this way, too.
Avoid recreational water toys that use a constant flow of water.
When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it the most.
Use a grease pencil to mark the water level of your pool at the skimmer. Check the mark in 24 hours. Your pool should lose no more than 1/4 inch per day.
Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could SAVE gallons of water and damage to your home if a pipe were to burst.
SAVING water for Pet Owners
Bathe your pet(s) outdoors in an area in need of water.
When you clean your fish tank, use the water you’ve drained on your plants. The water is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, providing you with a free and effective fertilizer. SAVE 1.5 gallons – 35 gallons or more.
Pour leftover water from pet’s water dish into another container to eventually water plants. Author’s note: I have done this. It makes me feel better inside, knowing that the leftover water is still being useful.
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About the Author
Elisa is a tightwad who loves to read romances. She doesn’t feel guilty about taking so much time out to read because God created the Great Romance of All Time.
Since Elisa loves to read, she thought it would be a great idea to write a story. But about what? Elisa decided to write about what she would like to read, which was a very smart choice.
With all the reading, rewriting, hours upon hours of writing the story; then reading, rewriting, reading it again and again; it is good that Elisa writes what she likes to read.
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Is your water bill ridiculously high? Are you feeling helpless to do anything about it? Then this book is for you. Is your water bill within your budget? Then these tips are also for you. This book features more than 70 practical, simple, straightforward ways to save water and repurpose water in the home, outside the home, and for pet owners. Easy to read and understand tips that include a bit of humor. Give these tips a 'dry' run and see what happens.