6 Ways to Stop Flushing Money Down the Drain
One of the best ways to save money is by cutting down on your monthly bills. One that you have a lot of control over is your water bill. Here are some quick tips and tricks to help you start saving on your water use.
When you stand in front of your sink with the tap running to get a cold drink of water, you are sending money right down the drain! Instead, store your drinking water in the refrigerator, and it will be cold whenever you want it. You can invest in a filtered pitcher, or just put your water bottles in directly. Either way will allow you to have cold water right when you want it.
Heat Water in the Microwave or on the Stove
With the same idea as above, running the tap to get hot water can be wasteful. If you are looking for warm or hot water, pop some in the microwave to heat it up quickly, or heat some in a tea kettle or a pot on the stove. This will give you warm water without the waste.
Install a Point-Of-Use Hot Water Heater
A Point-of-Use hot water heater is installed directly under the sink where you want to get hot water fast. This can be a great install for a kitchen sink. These systems usually cost under $300 and heat the water using electricity. Hot water is then available on demand with no wait. Even though this is a more expensive cost up front, if you can cut your water bill by $25 each month for the first year, then you will have saved $300!
A faucet aerator is a small adaptor that screws on to the bottom of your faucet. It slows down the amount of water coming out of the faucet without affecting the pressure of the water. There are several different kinds available for purchase, and some newer faucets even have them built right in. This fix can be applied for under $10 and you will see a difference in the amount of water you are using, especially if you install them on every faucet.
Contrary to popular belief, your dishwasher can actually help you save money! Follow these tips to make the most out of your dishwasher use:
- Only run the dishwasher when it is full. Running a dishwasher with a partial load is just a waste of time and money. There are tons of other things that you can throw in with a load of dishes including kid’s toys, pet bowls, vent covers, shoes, hair brushes, cup holders, baseball hats, hub caps and more! Make use of that empty space instead of wasting it.
- Don’t pre-rinse your dishes. Scrape excess food off into the garbage, but then let your dishwasher take care of the rest. (If you have an older dishwasher, this may not be the case. Keep an eye on how your dishes are coming out after a cleaning cycle.)
- Put taller items in the back on the bottom so as not to block the water jets.
- Check your cycle setting. If you are doing dishes with a lightweight mess, there is no need to let your cycle stay on heavy wash. Change it up to light wash to conserve even more water.
- Keep the dishwasher clean. Food or residue blocking the spray of water can seriously impede the efficiency of your dishwasher. Sprinkle a little baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and put vinegar in the rinse cycle compartment. Then run the dishwasher completely empty on a hot cycle. This will clean up and build-up and nasty smells in the machine itself.
Milk Jug in the Toilet Tank
Fill up an old milk jug with water and put it in the back of your toilet tank where it doesn’t interfere with the mechanisms or the float. This is a basic idea of displacement. If something is taking up space in the tank, you will use less water on every flush! Some new toilets are already low-flow toilets, so I recommend checking out what kind you have first.
Try a few (or all!) of these tricks to save a little extra money on your water bill. Don’t forget that every drop of water that you can save is extra money back in your pocket. With a little hard work and new routines, you can be saving yourself some extra cash in no time.