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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 5/26/2017

Water is one of those utilities that you cannot live without. This could be why people treat water as if it's free and let water run even when they don't really need it. The cost of water usage could go unnoticed in areas where water and sewage bills are only required to be paid every quarter, especially if the two utility bills are combined.

Easy tricks to lower your water bills

You may not think it's the water usage at your house that's driving your monthly expenses up $200 a quarter. Yet, if you drop your water usage, you could get back enough money to catch a live stage play, concert or several hit movies. That money savings could also be spent put eating out once a week within easy reach.

So, how do you get to lower water bills? How do you stop paying more for this necessary utility than you need to? See how many of these tricks you can easily fit into your daily routines:

  • Turn off water while you brush your teeth. Run water in a rinsing cup to rinse your teeth clean of toothpaste at the end of brushings. If you lived in an apartment, you'd really appreciate this simple step, as excessive water usage can drive up monthly apartment utility bills.
  • Wash laundry once a week or twice a month. If you live alone, you might be able to wash clothes twice a month.
  • After you relieve yourself first thing in the morning and flush the toilet, wait to flush the toilet a second time until you're ready to leave home for the day or start working out of your home office. This trick helps you avoid using your toilet as a garbage disposal.
  • Take your vehicles to the car wash when you wash them.
  • Place dishes in the dishwasher as they are. Don't rinse or wash your dishes off before you run them through the dishwasher. It's a great way to test your dishwasher. If your dishwasher is working properly, your dishes should be clean when you take them out of the dishwasher.
  • Keep a gallon of clean, drinking water in the refrigerator. This trick can keep you from running water in the faucet until the water turns cold.
  • Avoid shaving while you're in the shower.

Lower water bills gives you more money to spend on fun things

Habits that lead to weaker personal finances start with simple things. At home, something as simple as running water for too long or using water based equipment for the wrong reasons could lead to high water bills. This money takes away from money you might spend on entertainment, hobbies, travel and socializing.

If you form bad water usage habits, you could also be weakening your personal savings. It doesn't take much to imagine what an additional $100 a quarter in savings or an investment account would build to in a few years You don't even have to implement all of the tricks to lower your water bills to start yielding savings.

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