As a resident of a small town with one of the highest water usage rates in the state of Indiana, I have cut back drastically on water usage. After receiving a bill for over $154.00 on 7,000 gallons of water, I had to do something to cut back on water usage and bring down the high cost. Gone are the days of leisure showers and refilling the bathtub when the water becomes cold. I am now more conscious of water usage, and more importantly, the amount that goes down the drain.
If you are trying to find ways to cut back on water usage when the bill is too high, consider the following tips. Some of these tips are simple, and others are more drastic and meant for those that have no choice but to cut back on water usage because of a high bill. Water is not free for many people, and because of the cost it is certainly not an unlimited resource.
Cut Back on Usage by Timing All Showers with Music
When it becomes necessary to cut back on water usage because the bill is too high, begin timing showers using music as a guide. Set up a CD player in the bathroom instead of using a typical windup kitchen timer. Choose a couple of songs that run for no more than ten minutes total. As the last song is ending the tap should be turned off. This is far easier than using a timer or a clock. Anyone showering will be able to easily tell how much time they have left, and they can plan water usage accordingly.
Shave and Brush Teeth with the Water Off When the Bill is Too High
Shaving and brushing the teeth wastes a tremendous amount of water when the tap is left on. It is not necessary to keep the water running while shaving or brushing the teeth. Get in the habit of turning the tap off when the water is simply running down the drain and not being used. Having to pay a high bill is incentive enough to stop these types of wasteful habits.
Cut Back on Usage by Collecting Gray Water for Watering Plants
Bathwater that runs down the drain is wasted water. Sure, it ends up at the local water treatment plant and it is recycled, but sewage treatment is often the highest portion of the water bill. When trying to cut back on usage because the bill is too high, save the bathwater just long enough to water the plants, indoors as well as out. The application of soap is a natural method of insect control, and it will not harm the plants.
Turn Off the Faucet While Washing Dishes When the Bill is Too High
These days many people are no longer filling the sink with water and washing dirty dishes the old-fashioned way. Instead they are using innovative foaming dishwashing products and washing each piece one at a time in an otherwise empty sink. This might make the arduous task of dishwashing easier for some, but if the tap is left on in an effort to save time, money is literally going down the drain. When trying to cut back on h2o usage because of a high bill, go back to washing dishes using ordinary dish soap and a sink filled with hot water. Alternately, use an Energy Star dishwasher, and make sure it is full before turning it on. Foaming dishwashing soap is not for those trying to cut back on water usage because of a high bill. It is a luxury product that should be used without keeping the tap running.
Set up Sealed Barrels to Catch Rainwater from the Roof
Although outdoor tap water does not typically go into the sewage system, unless it happens to run down to the street and into the drain, the average utility bill rates are based solely on usage. The meter measures the h2o coming into the home, and it does not matter if it does not go down the drain. Rainwater that is allowed to run onto the ground from the downspouts wastes money, especially in areas where the average utility bill is far too high. Start collecting the rainwater that runs into the gutters to help cut back on usage, and use it for indoor and outdoor watering purposes. Plants love fresh rainwater, and the high bill will be lower after cutting back on usage on a regular basis.
Limit Flushing to Cut Back on Usage and Lower a High Bill
Some people cannot imagine not flushing the toilet each and every time they use it, but if the toilet is dated, chances are it wastes several gallons of h2o each time it is flushed. When the utility bill is too high, for some it becomes necessary to take more drastic measures to cut back on usage. If you are not expecting company or showing your home, flush the toilet at your discretion. Otherwise, pour enough gray water into the toilet to fully flush it without pushing the handle.
Do Not Wash Clean Clothes When Trying to Cut Back on Usage
When the water bill is too high, cut back on usage by wearing clothes more than once before tossing them into the wash. If a pair of jeans is still clean after wearing them for just a few hours, why wash them again? Just because they are not quite as tight doesn’t mean they cannot be worn again, especially when trying to cup back on usage when the bill is too high for happiness.