Summer is in full swing and that means that water bills across the country are on the rise. Historically water usage goes up exponentially in July and August so in this post we’ll cover some simple ways that you can save on your water bill not only during the summer but year round.
The once a month water bill can sometimes be the forgotten child of the monthly utility bill round up. With other utility bills, like the gas and electric bills, often adding up to be more than what is owed to the city water provider, the monthly water bill can often times go over looked by those who are striving to save money by home conservation practices.
But this should not be the case as saving on the monthly water bill can actually save a household up to hundreds of dollars per year, and those savings will be even more important in the future. The saving practices and conservation efforts by homeowners on their water usages will soon become a vital money saving technique due to the upcoming repairs on water pipelines across the nation.
According to the American Waterworks Association, there are over one million miles of water pipelines spanning the United States that will need to be repaired or replaced by the year 2035. The costs of those repairs are estimated to reach over one trillion dollars and the majority of that money will be garnered from the citizenry’s monthly water bills.
While the estimated increase to homeowners and property owner’s water bills will be nation-wide and seemingly unavoidable, the practices of in-home water conservation will still be vital for a family to over spend on their already increased water bill. Conserving water every month in the home can be simple for those who will take the time to turn water saving techniques into habits.
It Starts in The Kitchen
One of the major areas of the home where water saving practices can come into effect is within the kitchen of the home. The kitchen area of the home is often a leading area of water use due to the kitchen sink being in use for cooking and cleaning, as well as the dishwasher using gallons of water to wash the family’s dishware.
Don’t Wash By Hand
While some may think that washing dishes by hand will save them money on their water, the truth is that washing dishes by hand will actually expend more water than if a family uses their dishwasher correctly. So the first way that a family can save money on their water utility bill is to stop washing their dishes by hand.
It is estimated that those who wash their dishes by hand will expend up to twenty seven gallons of water in the process while those who use their dishwasher to wash their dishes expend only fifteen gallons of water per load, or, if they own an energy efficient model dishwasher, that number could be closer to four or five gallons. As one can see, choosing to use the water over washing the dishes by hand can save a family gallons of water per cycle and per month.
Use the Dishwasher Correctly
Along with using the dishwasher over washing dishes by hand, a family can save even more water if they will use their dishwasher correctly and efficiently. The first way to use the dishwasher of a home effectively is to make sure that the dishwasher is fully loaded before every use.
Having the dishwasher completely filled on both top and bottom racks will directly translate into having an efficient dishwasher, as less water will be used to clean the dishware per dish. Additionally, another way that a family can get more from their dishwasher is by understanding the dishwasher’s capabilities. Many modern dishwashers have settings such as energy efficient or eco-friendly cycles as part of their options for cleaning and switching the dial to have the dishwasher run on these settings will have the machine use less water overall. Likewise, most modern dishwashers can handle the grim of food stains and little pieces of excess, meaning that a family no longer needs to pre rinse their dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.
Not only is pre-rinsing dishes is literally a waste of water if a family owns a modern dishwasher, but it also leads to another water waster while in the kitchen—running the disposal. Every time the disposal is engaged, the water must be turned on.
Running the disposal can be avoided by simply saving the leftovers for future consumption (another helpful money saving tip, by the way) or by throwing the unwanted leftovers into the trash or a compost pile. Saving water in the kitchen is a primary way for families to save money on their monthly water bill.
Shorten Those Showers
In connection with saving water in the bathroom by taking shorter showers or smaller volume baths and by turning off the water while brushing teeth, saving water in the kitchen will help to save a family potentially hundreds of dollars per year on water bill costs.