When your water bill comes, are you often surprised by how much you owe each month? If you become more aware of where and when you are using water, you can find ways to reduce your use. Saving water at home is a great way to reduce your monthly expenses.

Where Am I Using My Water?

Water can be used in the following ways:

• Cooking: We use it to boil pasta, rinse vegetables, and clean out the sink.
• Toilets: It goes without saying that toilets are a necessary use of water.
• Showers: We all want to be clean, so showering is a big part of water use.
• Sinks: We use them to brush our teeth, wash our dishes, and wash our hands.
• Landscaping: Making the outside of your home look nice may include watering the lawn or cleaning off the sidewalk.
• Washing machine: The bigger your family, the more you’ll use your washing machine, meaning you’ll use more water.
• Car washing: Some people enjoy the satisfaction of washing and drying their own car in the driveway.
• Dishwasher: If you are not washing dishes in the sink, you’re running them through the dishwasher instead. The dishwasher is more water-efficient than hand-washing.
• Ice Machine: You might not think about it, but your refrigerator is regularly making ice or dispensing water.

7 Ways of Saving Water at Home

Saving water at home can be accomplished by keeping an eye on water use and finding ways to reduce it, including the following:

1. Turning off the water as you brush your teeth is an easy way to save water. There is no reason to have a steady stream of water flowing down the drain when you are not using it. Turn off the faucet and save some water.

2. The same thing can be said for washing your hands. You do not need the water running as you are lathering your hands up with soap. Turning the water off every time will save a lot of water over the course of a year.

3. Check all your plumbing for leaks. If you find any, make sure either you repair them or find a reputable plumber to do it for you. If you have leaks, it can add up to significant water loss and waste.

4. If you love a clean car, consider taking it to the car wash and using their water rather than washing it yourself. Car washes not only recycle water, they also use far less than you will with a hose and a bucket in your driveway.

5. Shortening your showers is another great way to save water. If everyone in your family reduces their shower time by only a few minutes, you’ll save thousands of gallons of water each year.

6. Dishwashers and washing machines use a significant amount of water, so make sure they are full before you run them. You may have to wait an extra day to do the laundry or a few mealtimes to run the dishwasher, but it will reduce your water usage significantly.

7. Upgrade your toilets and fixtures. You can get toilets that have an option of a full flush or a reduced flush. You can also change out the shower head and faucet fixtures to low-flow models that will reduce the amount of water used.

So, if you take a good look at a few different areas of your home, you’ll find some easy ways to help you start saving water at home. Not only will this lower your water bill, it will help the environment by conserving water.

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