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Save Money on Your Water Bill

35 Ways to Reduce Your Water Usage


Reduce your water bill, and your impact on the environment with these water-saving tips:


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Use Your Dishwasher

Contrary to popular belief, it takes more water to hand-wash dishes than it takes to wash them in the dishwasher.

Don't Pre-Rinse Dishes

Scrape food from plates, and let your dishwasher do the rest.

Only Run the Dishwasher When Full

You'll use the same amount of water whether you run a full load or a partial load.

Install a Faucet Aerator

It screws onto the bottom of your faucet to reduce water flow, without reducing water pressure. You can even get some that swivel to allow you to direct the water where you need it. Note: If you have a newer faucet, it may already have one built-in.

Keep Drinking Water in the Fridge

Then, you won't waste water while you wait for the tap to get cold. Another option: Fill a cup with tap water, and drop in a couple ice cubes to chill it.

Heat Water on the Stove/ In the Microwave

Then, you won't waste water while you wait for the tap to get hot.

Install a Point-of-Use Hot Water Heater

If you regularly need hot water for pots, dishwashing and hot drinks, consider installing a point-of-use hot water heater (also known as an instant hot water system) under the kitchen sink. It’ll supply you with hot water as soon as you turn on the tap, and only costs a couple hundred dollars.

Don't Use the Disposal

Compost food waste or throw it in the trash. Both are water-free options.


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