If you are looking to cut expenses, you may be wondering how you can reduce your water bill. The average person uses up to 300 litres of water per day, apparently. From showering and dishes to watering the garden, water usage can quickly add up. If you unnecessarily leave the water running or ignore a leak, that number could soar.
The good news is that you may be able to reduce your water usage – and ultimately your water bill, by taking steps such as installing water-efficient appliances and adopting habits that require less water.
Minimize water use indoors
Using a more water-efficient toilet, for instance, can help you significantly reduce your water usage. Toilet flushing accounts for almost 30% of the average household’s indoor water use. If you have an older toilet in your home, it may be using as much as 23 litres per flush. Today’s models typically require no more than 6 litres of water. Upgrading to a more efficient toilet may save the average family a substantial amount of money per year.
Is your washing machine using too much water? Then it’s time to replace it with a model that pays attention to water efficiency. Modern machines often require less water to get the job done.
Check for leaks
Apparently, leaks can account for more than 35 000 litres of wasted water in your home each year. Fixing constantly running toilets, dripping faucets and showerheads can reduce your water bill
Insulating the pipes that deliver hot water from your geyser may help prevent heat loss as the water travels to your faucets. This means you may have to run water for a shorter period of time as you wait for hot water to flow – this reduction in water use may help you save money.
Reduce outdoor water use with xeriscaping
Watering your lawn or garden can also contribute to an increased water bill. You may be able to reduce your outdoor water use through xeriscaping; a type of landscape design that minimizes the need for irrigation. Xeriscaping options include choosing a landscape design and plants that thrive in a location’s natural climate without additional watering. For instance, choosing drought resistant plants and features like rocks and mulch that retain moisture can reduce the need for you to water with a hose.
Water is essential for many aspects of everyday life. But taking some proactive steps may help keep your water bill down whilst conserving an important natural resource.