Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Water Bill
Conserving water doesn’t just reduce your monthly utility bills, it’s also good for the environment.
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Every American uses an average of 88 gallons of water at home each day, according to the EPA. Most families also spend around $1,000 on their water bills every year, and waste 180 gallons every single week. That’s not only literally money down the drain, but also squanders resources, not just the water itself, but also the energy and chemicals required to deliver it to your home.
Conserving water doesn’t just reduce your monthly utility bills, it’s also good for the environment. Small changes in your daily routine can significantly lower your water consumption, and the savings can really add up over time. Every dollar that you don’t spend on your water bill is a dollar that you put toward your savings goals, like going on vacation or paying off your student loans.
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Being more conscious about your water use can help you be a part of the solution and help you save money at the same time. You can spend less on your utilities and you’ll have more breathing room in your budget for the things that matter most to you. Here are easy ways to save money on water:
Install a low-flow shower head and you can reduce your water usage in the shower by up to 50 percent. Prices for low-flow shower heads start around $10, or you can spend a little more for extra pressure without the waste.
Take shorter showers. Taking a hot shower is one of life’s great pleasures, but you don’t have to linger in the steam every time you step in. Every minute in the shower equates to nearly 1,000 gallons per year.
Run full loads of dishes and laundry. Fill up your washing machine and dishwasher so that you can use them less often. Running your dishwasher actually uses less water than hand-washing, but only when you have a full load. And with modern washing machines, there’s no need to pre-rinse your dishes, either.
Invest in energy-efficient appliances. Generally speaking, old appliances consume more electricity and water than newer ones. If your current washing machine or dishwasher is a dinosaur, you could save big on your bills by replacing it. Look for the WaterSense seal when shopping, which indicates that the appliance runs on 35 to 50 percent less water.
Add aerators to your faucets. Aerators mix water and air to cut your consumption without sacrificing much pressure. They are inexpensive and easy to install, and they also keep the water stream from splashing.
Fix drips and leaks right away. Dripping faucets and toilets are sneaky water wasters. A constantly running toilet can dump dozens of gallons down the drain every day. But even if you don’t hear your toilet running, it might still have a leak without you knowing about it. To test for leaks, add several drops of food coloring to the tank. If the bowl water changes color after 10 minutes, you have a leaking toilet.
Flush with less water. If you don’t have a low-efficiency toilet, you can easily make one. Fill a 1 to 2 liter bottle with water and set it in your toilet’s tank, away from any working parts. This displaces the water level and you will waste less with every flush.
Your everyday decisions can have a big impact on your wallet and on the world. For some extra motivation, you can set the money you’ve saved aside with Spaces, and use it to treat yourself down the road. The N26 app also automatically categorizes your expenses with a simple visual breakdown so you can see your spending habits with just a few taps.
From your monthly bills to daily purchases, you’ll always know exactly where your money is going with N26. Check out your spending statistics now or sign up for the N26 app today.
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