With gas and food prices increasing, saving money on your bills is one way you can lower your monthly expenses. While you can decrease your heating costs by wearing sweaters in the home and lowering the thermostat, reducing your water and sewage bills can be more challenging as you struggle to find ways to cut down on your water usage. Fortunately, you can follow a few practical tips to save on the cost of these utilities.
Cut down water usage in the bathroom. Install a low-flow shower head, which will reduce the amount of water you use for your shower. You can also take shorter showers to lower your bill up to $75 a year. Using less water in the bathtub and turning off the faucet as you brush your teeth will also help you save money. Avoid flushing tissues and other small items in the toilet, actions that use 5 to 7 gallons of water at a time.
Reduce water usage in the kitchen. Fill up the sink with soapy water to wash your dishes and use the dishwasher only when it is full. Install an instant water heater on your kitchen sink to lower the amount of time water must flow before it becomes hot.
Save water outdoors. Install a rain sensor on your sprinkler system to prevent your automatic sprinkler from unnecessarily watering your grass. This can save $10 to $60 each time it rains. Use a broom to clean your sidewalk and driveway instead of a hose to save water as well.
Check for leaky toilets by putting food coloring into the tank. If the coloring appears in toilet bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak. Replace any leaky faucets you may have by replacing the washers.