Tips To Save Money On Your Water Bill

by Hank Coleman

If you live in a drought-prone region, such as the American Southwest, you know that water is in short supply. As a result, water is often expensive. And, the more you use equates into the more that you have to pay for this often scarce resource.

Here are some basic tips to help you save money on your water bill.

Saving Water Inside Your Home

In the home, you can save water in a variety of places. In the kitchen, you should concentrate on saving water. Always use your dishwasher in order to save money on your water bill. Contrary to popular belief, it actually takes more water to wash dishes by hand than it does to run the dishwasher. And, when you use the dishwasher, do not pre-rinse your dishes. You should simply just scrape and put the plates inside because today’s modern dishwashers are very powerful at removing grime from your plates.

In the bathroom, you can save water and money by doing the following:

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– Install a low-flow shower head to save as much as 25% of your water usage
– Take a shorter shower, and shower instead of taking baths
– Turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth (that little bit of time adds up over the course of a month)

When doing laundry, consider the following:

– Only do laundry when the load is full Virginia
– Consider wearing items more than once – especially pants and outerwear that tend to not get as dirty
– Upgrade to a high efficiency washing machine (and they look pretty cool too!)

For the handyman:

– Install a tank-less water heater  – It heats water faster and only when you need it. So, it saves both water and energy.
– Insulate your pipes with insulation to keep the hot water warm in transit

How To Save Water Outside The House

There are many ways to save water outside the house as well. The first starts with landscaping:

– Landscape with plants that do not require a lot of water, such as succulents
– Use an irrigation system, and setup the timer to water early before the sun comes out, and make sure it includes a moisture sensor to not water if it rains
– Consider sweeping your sidewalk and driveway and not hosing it off
– Wash your car less often

There are several ways that you can easily save on your water bill. You simply have to be conscientious of how you use this finite resource to ensure that you are not wasting it.

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About Hank Coleman

Hank Coleman is the founder of Money Q&A, an Iraq combat veteran, a Dr. Pepper addict, and a self-proclaimed investing junkie. He has written extensively for many nationally known financial websites and publications. Hank holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and a graduate certificate in personal financial planning. Email him directly at Hank[at]

Hank Coleman has written 577 articles on Money Q&A. Learn more about Money Q&A on Twitter @MoneyQandA and @HankColeman.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth @ Simple Finance

I am fortunate to live in one of the only parts of the country unaffected by drought, but we still do things like use our low-flow shower heads and toilets, and always turn off the water when we’re brushing our teeth. It makes up for the fact that we cloth diaper our son and do a lot of laundry!


Amy Turner

Although we enjoy abundant supply of water today, we still conserve home and garden use in respect of its lack in most parts of the world. We may be lucky today to enjoy this utility but there will come a time when we won’t always have the luxury of taking a shower or bath everyday. This early, our family is gearing up for the eventual loss or diminished supply of water.



The tankless water heater is a great idea. However, some say that it just doesn’t heat up water fast enough. Is that true?


Becca@Water Damage Melbourne

There are countries that lacks in water supply, while there are some who has a plenty of running water inside their home. Maybe we should be mindful of them, and by conserving our resources we can provide for those who suffer from drought.



Well, I managed to save enough money when I bought a dishwasher. It consumes less water than I did while I was washing dishes =)


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