Thursday, October 4, 2007

Save Money By Saving Water

water drops

A while back I had a tip up on saving money by turning things off and unplugging them when you are done. In the tip I briefly mentioned a few ways you can change your water usage to save money. I thought that was something that I should talk about a bit more.

In the tip I mentioned using cold water instead of hot to save money. When washing your hands, rinsing off food, and even washing your clothes using cold can be an effective way to save. You no longer need to waste water down the drain waiting for the hot water to come and you can save on your gas or electric bill by not needing to use your hot water tank's supply as often. But there are other ways to lower your water usage and save money too.

One trick is to turn your toilet into a "low flow" toilet. By doing this you reduce the amount of water used in each flush, and take a bite out of your water bill. You can do this by filling up an empty 2-liter soda bottle or an empty milk jug and placing the bottle in the tank of your toilet. Want to see how much water you'll save? Use a permanent marker to draw a line at your tank's water level when full. Now add the bottle. How much the water rises about the line is also how much less water you'll use on each flush, as your toilet will only fill to the original depth. If you want to make sure after the next flush hold the float in place and remove the bottle or jug, you'll see the water level drop.

You can also save water and save money by not letting your water go down the drain. In some homes it may take a while for the hot water to get from the tank to the tap. Meanwhile all that cold water is going down the drain. Keep a small bucket that you can pull out to collect that water instead. You can then use it to water plants or clean with. You can even collect the water in a pitcher and save it in the fridge for cold water to drink. No need to run extra water if you use what you already have

Do you have any water saving and money saving tips of your own? I'd love to hear about them! .


Mark said...

Very good thinking mate, Even in other ways if we save water it will be helpful for our next generations not only for money. Many of the Countries in Sub Continent using ground water badly, that is not good.
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