Most utility bills are pretty consistent from month to month, but water charges can vary widely. In these tough economic times, many people believe the same thing: Save water and save money – that is the key. In other words, find ways to reduce overall water usage and you can see some serious savings from month to month.
Potable (drinking) water is scarce around the world, even if you live in an area that receives a lot of rainfall. Safe drinking water is costly and requires a lot of energy to maintain. That’s why so many solar powered devices to help purify water are popular, especially in Third World countries.
In addition to the energy costs of its production, clean drinking water often requires use of these natural resources that are required for wildlife habitat, irrigation, recreation and more.
For tips on to how to save water and save money, consider these from the Rocky Mountain Institute:
- Replace water-wasting fixtures with state-of-the-art products, starting with your showerhead.
- Fix a toilet that leaks water from the tank into the bowl, or replace an old toilet with a new “low-flow” model.
- Fix a leaky faucet, replace an inefficient one with a newer model, or add an aerator.
- If you’re in the market for a new washing machine, choose one that spins on a vertical axis. (It’s probably not cost-effective to replace your conventional machine if it still has a few years left in it.)
- Water your lawn in the morning or evening to reduce water lost to evaporation. Water in pulses of 10-20 minutes with 15 or more minutes in between, allowing the water to soak in properly.
- Redesign your landscape with drought-resistant plants.