If you’ve noticed your water bill is higher than you’d like, especially if you’re on a ‘pay for what you use’ tariff or water meter, you may have wondered whether there’s anything you could be doing to lower the cost of your monthly expense. Luckily, there are several ways to bring down the cost of your water bill, starting with just a few simple habits. By doing them on a regular basis, you’ll be able to ensure your water isn’t costing you any more than it should.
1. Check regularly for any leaks around your plumbed-in fixtures.
Leaks are a very common reason for an increase in water bills, as you’re technically paying for all the water that leaks out!
By checking appliances such as your toilet and sink, you’ll be able to spot a leak and have it dealt with (either by yourself or a professional plumber) before it gets worse – and potentially costs you a fortune!
2. Don’t run your dishwasher or washing machine until they’re full.
By using your dishwasher or washing machine before it’s full, you’re using more water for multiple washes than if you are just waiting until it was at its max capacity. One wash to get everything clean at once will save water and be more affordable than running several smaller loads.
3. Switch to a water saving shower head.
A lot of water gets wasted during each shower – especially if you enjoy long showers. Thankfully, many manufacturers offer the option of water saving shower heads which adjust the flow rate in a way that uses less water as you shower. Visit your local home DIY store to find one!
4. Water your grass first thing rather than later in the day.
You’ll naturally want to water your lawn to ensure it stays as fresh and green as possible, but don’t put it off until later in the day.
Instead, water your grass (or run your sprinkler) in the early morning to ensure less water is lost through evaporation when the temperature is at its highest.
5. Switch out the mulch in your garden regularly.
All DIY gardeners should know that mulch helps to keep plants and water moist, so by replacing it regularly with fresher mulch, you’ll find you need to water your plants less frequently – saving water in the process and still enjoying healthy plants.
By turning these quick, simple and easy steps into regular, routine habits, you’ll be able to prevent your water bill from costing you more than you’d actually expected.
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