Living in a tiny home often reduces utility bills. Interested in learning how to further lower your monthly water bill? Check out our helpful guide here.
The average monthly water bill in the United States is around $70. Unfortunately, some people will open their water bill this month and be met with a surprisingly large bill even though they live in an efficient tiny home. Sometimes a large bill is due to a billing error, but sometimes it's due to the behavior of people in the home.
Are you wondering what you can do to keep your water bill to a minimum? We've got you covered!
Read on for some great ways to save money on your water bill each month.
Look for Efficient Appliances
Your tiny home may be space-efficient, but how energy- and water-efficient are your appliances?
When shopping for new appliances, be sure to look for the WaterSense and Energy Star seals. These seals are only applied to appliances that use 35% to 50% less water and 50% less energy per use.
With a little investment upfront, you'll see a lot of savings on your water bill.
Check for Leaks
The next step to saving on your monthly water is to check for leaks in your tiny home. Even small leaks can make a tremendous impact on what you pay each month. If you need help, hire a handyman can check all your faucets, appliances, and under your home to see if there's a leak.
Rain Water Catchment
Are you using a hose or sprinkler to water your grass or garden? If you're using regular water to do this, then you're losing out on a great opportunity to use free water to keep your garden growing!
The best way to save money outdoors is to buy a rain barrel to catch rainfall during the year. You can then use the rainwater in the barrel to water your lawn and garden. Easy peasy!
You could see this as an opportunity to grow your own garden and benefit the environment, too!
In a tiny house on wheels? Look into opportunities to reuse your greywater.
Switch Out Your Faucets
Not all faucets are created equal! Some faucets may have excellent water pressure, but that also means they're letting tons of water flow through — far more than you actually need to bathe or do dishes.
Newer faucets have a tiny piece installed that reduces the water flow rate but still gives you excellent water pressure. If your faucets are older, then it's a good idea to install new, low-flow faucets to save water.
Also, you can add faucet aerators to your existing faucets to significantly reduce the volume of water flow.
The final way to save on your water bill in a tiny home, or any home, is to be mindful of your water usage. Are you leaving the water running while brushing your teeth? Turn it off while you scrub.
Additionally, fill up the sink with water to wash the dishes instead of continually running water, and if it's raining outside, turn off the sprinklers.
Small changes can add up to significant savings.
Ready to Save on Your Monthly Water Bill?
If your monthly water bill is higher than you'd like, don't have to just deal with the cost. Taking proactive steps to check for leaks, update your appliances, and reduce your water usage will go a long way toward tackling the cost.
Bonus: you'll be saving money and the environment, too!
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