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5 Tips to Help Cut Down on High Water Bills

Whether you want to save the earth or simply save money there are several ways to conserve water – and reduce your water bill. These methods include age-old standbys such as taking shorter showers, avoiding running water while brushing your teeth and only flushing the toilet for solid wastes. However, there are quite a few lesser known tips that can help everyone save just a little more water.

Heat dish washer in the microwave or on the stove. Rather than letting the water run until it is hot, use your kitchen’s cooking appliances to generate the heat and conserve water!

Fix leaks. In many cases, a sudden spike in the water bill is indicative of a toilet or pipe leak. Industry experts recommend replacing washers in faucets every few years. For tougher problems, contact a local professional to perform an inspection of your plumbing.

Trick your toilet into using less water. There is always the option to install a new, low-flow toilet. But you don’t have to. Instead, you can fill two water bottles with some sand or gravel and put them in your tank. It will trick the toilet into using less water per flush.

Run full loads of dishes in your dishwasher. Each full load run through your dishwasher utilizes less water than it would take to wash those dishes by hand.

Keep drinking water in the refrigerator (or use ice). Rather than letting the water from the faucet run to get cold for a glass of water, keep a jug of water in the refrigerator for an immediately cool drink. Utilizing ice provides a similar benefit.

It’s not just a good idea to conserve water, it can be a relief to your pocketbook as well. These five tips will help get you and your household well on their way to better water use habits.