Saving on water. Let me just start by saying that the biggest way my family has cut our water bill was by selling our house with the big yard and built-in sprinkler system. During the summer, since we live in Texas, we would spend anywhere between $150-200 PER MONTH on water, and our grass was still brown. I believe in watering the ground, but not at that cost. So yea, tip number 1, to save money on water, sell your house and get a smaller yard.
I mean, I’m not, but that’s a really unreasonable thing for me to suggest. I have a few other things that we have done to save on the cost of water during these summer months.
1. Take timed showers. Decide what a reasonable amount of time for a shower is for you and your family, set a timer, and stick to it! I would suggest setting it on your phone (if possible) so you can set a 5-minute warning timer first, and then have the second and final one go off at your cut-off time. Or you can purchase one of those sand timers that stick to your shower wall and have a visual reminder.
2. Don’t let the water run while washing dishes. I started doing this a few months ago when I realized I spent about 20 minutes per day washing dishes (I happen to let them pile up frequently), which means 20 minutes of mostly wasted water per day. I decided I would start filling the sink with warm, soapy water instead and use that water to rinse off dishes before going in the dishwasher. I don’t do this for hand-washed dishes though because that’s gross.
3. Collect rain water for plants, gardens. I wish I could count on this in Waco. I don’t think we get enough consistent rain here in Central Texas for me to be able to do this all the time, but for those of you in climates that actually get frequent rains, this is a great way to keep your plants going.
4. Don’t play in sprinklers. For those of you with kids, see if your city has a splash pad you can take your kids to play. I know in Waco, we have five different FREE splash pads around the various parks in town. I guess it’s technically not saving actual water consumption, but it will definitely help you save on your personal water bill.
Just a few thoughts. I’m sure lots of you have great ideas for saving on your water bill. Leave more ideas in the comments!!