Overusing water is one reason why your utility bills might be higher than necessary. By cutting down your water consumption, you can save a little on your water bill every month, which adds up over time. Here are 5 effective ways to save water at home that are easy to put into action.

Use Water Sparingly

Water is wasted when people unnecessarily leave it running. If you leave the faucet on while you are brushing your teeth or shaving, you may be wasting 10 or more gallons of water every time. Turn the water on and then off again so you are only using the amount that you need. This is a simple habit to adopt that will help cut down on your water usage.

Install Faucet Aerators to Save Water at Home

Faucet aerators are inexpensive devices that attach to the faucet spout to help you use less water. They reduce the number of gallons per minute in the flow without reducing the water pressure. The aerator sends air through the water stream to pressurize it. You’ll effortlessly save water by adding aerators to your faucets.

Save Water at Home with the Toilet

There are several ways to make adjustments to the toilet to help save water. One is to replace the toilet with a dual-flush or WaterSense model. If you don’t want to replace the entire toilet, you can displace some of the water in the toilet tank with a device specifically made for that purpose or a sealed water bottle full of sand.

Low-Flow Showerheads

A modern, low-flow showerhead uses 2.5 gallons per minute, while old showerheads may use up to 4 gallons per minute. If you replace your old showerheads with new models, you’ll save water without even shortening your shower time. Like faucet aerators, low-flow showerheads send a stream of air through the water to maintain strong water pressure.

Ways to Save Water Outside

If you have a large lawn or garden to water, your water bill may get out of control in the summer. Find creative ways to use less water outdoors. The most effective way is to install a rain barrel on one of your downspouts. Attach a garden hose to the spigot on the barrel and you’ll have a constant supply of free water that you can use for watering plants or washing the car.

Just like electricity or gas, water is a utility that comes with a price. In summer, the water bill usually increases because people tend to take more showers and use more water on their property. Use the above tips to keep water bills affordable this summer.

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