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Part 2: Save Money On Your Water Bill

4/23/2019

Last month, we provided tips on how to save money on your electric bill. In Part Two of this series, read on to learn more about how to save money on your water bill.

Save Money on Your Water Bill

Store Cold Water In Your Fridge

Instead of getting your drinking water directly from the tap, consider investing in a Brita or a pitcher that already has a water filter attached and store it in your refrigerator for use throughout the day. This method will reduce the amount of time you use tap water and reduce your water bill over time.

Take Shorter Showers

According to U.S. News, reducing your shower time by just four minutes can result in saving almost 4,000 gallons of water per year. If you’re one who typically takes longer showers, try setting a timer for five to ten minutes or invest in an inexpensive shower timer so that you can stay on track and get in and out. 

Turn Off the Water When Brushing Your Teeth

Don’t make the mistake of leaving the water running while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, by turning off the faucet, you can save up to 200 gallons of water per month. Alternatively, consider using a cup to rinse your mouth instead of filling your hands with water. This can also reduce the amount of water you use while brushing.

Reduce Your Water Pressure

Limiting your water pressure can help as well. For example, greater water pressure from your sink causes more water to eject from the faucet when you turn it on. You can ask your local water department for a pressure reading or test the pressure yourself by purchasing an inexpensive pressure gauge.

Run Full Loads of Dishes and Laundry

You can also reduce your water bill by loading your dishwasher and washing machine fully. The less frequently you run these machines, the less water you’ll use, and the cheaper your bill will be. Be sure to wait until you have a full load of dirty clothes or dishes before turning them on.

It’s a common misconception that hand washing dishes uses less water than a dishwasher, but this isn’t the case. You use one-sixth less water by running a full load in the dishwasher than you use by hand washing. Instead of running the tap to rinse your dirty dishes, consider filling up a small container with water to remove food waste before they go in the dishwasher.

By taking the necessary steps to determine what you can do to lower your water bill, you’ll be one step closer toward building a brighter financial future.

Erin Ellis

Erin Ellis
Accredited Financial Counselor ®
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union
eellis@PFCU.COM