7 ways to lower your water bill

In the past, we’ve talked about things homeowners can do to reduce their heating and air conditioning costs, but another area that could use some tuning is our water usage.

Here are 7 things you can do to reduce your water usage, lowering your monthly water bill.

1. Shorten your shower

Did you know that making your shower just 4 minutes shorter can save you over 15,000 litres of water a year? Not only do you save money on not using that 15,000 litres, but you save money on not having to heat it either.

2. Store water in the fridge.

Rather than running your faucet until the water gets cold when you need a drink, fill a pitcher with water and store it in the fridge.

3. Turn off the tap when shaving

Don’t leave the washroom faucet running while you’re shaving. Fill a cup with hot water instead for rinsing your razor. Use a cup for brushing your teeth, too, instead of keeping the taps on.

4. Run full loads of laundry

It takes the same amount of water to wash partial loads of laundry as it does to wash a full load, so you might as well wait until you have a full load. This way, you’re not wasting water. Same goes for dishwashers. Don’t overfill your washing machine though, or your clothes won’t get clean.

5. Use a low-flow shower head

By incorporating air into the water flow, low-flow shower heads can reduce the amount of water you use when showering by as much as half.

6. Use a dual-flush toilet

Dual-flush toilets use less water when flushing liquid waste rather than the same amount of water for every flush as conventional toilets do.

7. Fill the tub only partway

A half-filled tub uses about 200 litres, so filling it only a third of the way, or even a quarter of the way, can reduce your water usage when bathing. Compare that to about 10 litres per minute for a shower by the way.

What do you do in your home to lower your water bill? Let us know in the comments.

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