Budgeting Tips

16 Smart Ways to Save Money on your Water Bills

Jug filling with water from a tapAre you thinking about cutting down on your water consumption in the hope of saving money but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you’re thinking of the effects of your water use on the environment and trying to make changes for the better.

Most of these water saving tips are so easy to implement and don’t take a lot of effort. They just require a little planning ahead and some smart thinking.

Read on for some great ways to save water around the house and in the garden.

Indoor water saving:

Turn off the taps

I might be stating the obvious here but when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving, make sure that you turn off your taps. Don’t let the water run if you’re not using it.

This might not seem like much but even just remembering to do this for a few minutes each day will add up.

Be sure to fix any leaks

If you see/hear any of your taps, your shower or toilet dripping water then make sure you get them fixed immediately. Leaks can waste a lot of water without you realising it so keep an ear out if your bills seem unusually high. You’re better off paying someone to fix it rather than letting the problem escalate, or watching as your hard earned cash runs down the drain…literally.

Get extra use out of your water indoors

Often by making a few small changes here and there, you can really maximise the water you already use.

Rinse fruit and veg in a bowl in your sink and save the water and give it to plants in the house or in the garden. Don’t throw away half full glasses of water, use them to water the plants around the house. That way you’ll get two uses for the price of one!

You can also recycle your grey water (water from washing machines, laundry, baths or showers), but just make sure that you use suitable detergents that won’t harm your lawn or plants.

Use a water saving shower head

If you’re concerned about water use in the shower then you can use a water saving shower head. Try this one here, which has heaps of great reviews and is good value for money.

By limiting the actual time it takes to have a shower, you will save lots of water too. Also think about turning off the running water when you’re washing your hair or applying soap.

Choose to use the half flush on the toilet

Just by choosing the half flush on your toilet, you can save up to 80l of water a day. Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous then you could always go by the old rule…If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.

Check the air conditioner for leaks

Checking for leaks, cleaning out the filter pads and maintaining the air flow control are just three ways you can make sure your aircon isn’t wasting water. Having your aircon serviced regularly can help with this. Comparing your water bills from month to month (when your aircon is in use) can also help determine if there are any possible problems with water loss.

Using a front load washing machine will save water

When it’s time to buy a new washing machine, consider going for a front loader over a top loader. Front loaders can use up to 70% less water than the equivalent sized top loader. Not only that but front loaders commonly use less electricity too.

Check the star rating for energy use and water use to help you make your decision.

Only do a full load of washing

Don’t run the washing machine if it’s only half full. Wait until you have a good sized load and then put it on.

Alternatively, if you really need to do some washing, some machines have a quick wash function which will use less water than a full wash.

Only run the dishwasher when it’s full

This one is self explanatory. If you only have a few things to wash up then give them a quick wash in the sink or put them in the dishwasher but don’t turn it on until you have a full load. Don’t waste water pre-rinsing, just scrape any excess food scraps into the bin.

Keep drinking water in the fridge

Rather than running the tap and waiting for the water to cool down. Fill a jug or bottle with water and keep it in the fridge. This way you won’t have to run the tap waiting for the perfect temperature. Your water will already be cool and you can drink it straight away.

Outdoor water saving:

Choose your watering time sensibly

Plan to water your plants and/or grass in the evening after 6pm or first thing in the morning before 9am. That way the water will have time to soak in before the sun comes up. The plants and grass will get the maximum amount of water straight to their roots, and none of it will evaporate.

Cover your pool

If you have a swimming pool then make sure you cover it over on the days that you’re not using it. This will stop any of the water from evaporating and save you from having to top it up too often.

Hand water the garden

By using a hose to water the garden, you are sure to water more evenly and avoid any non-watering areas like pavements or walls.

It may not be the most convenient option but if you have the time then go for it.

Install a rainwater tank

You can use the water collected in a rainwater tank for all sorts of things. Maybe consider adding a tank beneath your down pipes or at the end of your gutters along the roof. Rainwater can be used for lots of things, you could use it for watering the garden, flushing your toilet or washing your car.

Check your garden watering system

If you have sprinklers installed in your garden, make sure you’re not watering paths or buildings as this is a definite way to waste water. Try and adjust them so that they only land on the grass.

Buy native plants for the garden

Doing a little research can really save you money. Choose a selection of native plants from your area which are suited for the local conditions. This will mean that you won’t have to water them too often and they should be well adapted to local conditions.

Hopefully you found some of these ways of saving water useful and you’ve got a few new ways to cut down on your water consumption. If you have any ideas to add, feel free to let me know in the comments section below!

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