5 Ways to Save on Your Water Bill

I wasn’t ever someone who just tossed garbage out the window or anything insane like that. But I was pretty lousy at recycling when I should have.

Not anymore. We have a special recycling bin in our house and I can’t tell you how rewarding it feels when my five-year-old says, “This is recycling, right mommy?”

Saving water is a biggie for us right now after seeing our last water bill! I have to admit—there were some major toilet leaks going on that has sent our water bill over the edge!!

I’ve done some research and would love to share with you some tips to SAVE MONEY on your water bill!

5 Ways to Save on Your Water Bill

Use your dishwasher! Yes. I always thought the dishwasher uses a TON of water—but your dishwasher can actually save water if you use it correctly. According to one study at the University of Bonn in Germany, the dishwasher uses only half the energy, one-sixth of the water, and less soap, to boot. Be sure to only run it when it’s totally full.

Use your garbage disposal sparingly! Instead, compost all your vegetable/food waste. In addition to saving money, your garden will thank you for the nutrients you’re adding.

Water your flowers or lawn in the morning or evening. You’ll lose less water to evaporation at those times than in the heat of the day.

Upgrade your washroom. New toilets = better mileage and less waste on the H2o!

Collect run-off roof water. Get a tank to store the water that comes off your roof. Using stormwater to water your plants can seriously save on your water bill!

Shorten your showers. Sounds simple huh? Well, if you shorten by a minute or two—you can save up to 150 gallons a MONTH!

What does your family do to save water and to save the earth?

This post originally appeared on Real Mom Media on April 22, 2013.

Joey Fortman (Founder, RealityMoms)

Joey Fortman is the brains behind #RealityMoms. In 2008, after 20+ years in traditional media hosting radio shows around the country, Joey traded in the microphone for a diaper bag, struggling through her own personal crisis: unemployed, overweight and lost in the land of mommy bloggers. Little did Joey know, her traditional media background would pave the way for success at Real Mom Media. As a sought after media magnet, Joey has been featured nationally on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper, the Katie Couric Show, Dr. Oz, Redbook, The Today Show, The Talk, Fox and Friends & The Newlywed Game. When not at the sports complex with one of her kids, on an island or a grocery store run, or on Facebook Live with #RealityMoms contributors, Joey is obsessed with adult coloring.