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Conserving the environment is a major global issue today with the population increasing at an alarmingly fast rate. More resources than ever are being used and it is therefore worthwhile thinking about how we can all reduce our own personal wastage of valuable commodities such as water. This article will explore five simple ways in which you can reduce your household water usage and your utility bills today.

Many of the tips which I shall discuss are all about developing and cultivating a more conscious awareness of how one is using water in the home. Once you realize your usage levels then you can discover ways to reduce them which will benefit both the environment around you and you bank balance at the same time.

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1. Showers Or Baths

You may enjoy either showers or baths on a regular basis, but did you realize that you can reduce your water bills and save on water if you choose to have more showers instead of baths? This is because it takes far less water to have a shower and the amount used in the average bath is more. Showers usually use between 10 and 25 gallons of water whereas a bath can take up to 70 gallons[1]. This is a marked difference and could really help you to save some money if you make a conscious switch to your bathing routine today.

It is also a great idea to try to keep showers to a minimum time limit to help reduce water wastage further. Set a quick alarm on your alarm clock or mobile phone to remind you after five or seven minutes. Just by taking a simple proactive approach to your water usage in this way could save you time as well as money.

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2. Turning Off The Tap

Thankfully today people are more aware of the need to save water than ever before. However, when you are brushing your teeth, try to make sure that you always turn the tap off completely. An awful amount of water is wasted through people not turning off their cold water taps when brushing their teeth in this way.

In addition, if you are washing the dishes after a meal then try not to leave the tap running whilst you do this. Fill up your washing up bowl first and then start cleaning. This way you could save more hot water and money too.



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3. Watering Your Garden

Each year in the spring and summer months, people wish to water their plants and garden areas. Everybody who has a lawn wants it to look fresh and healthy. After all, who would not want the plants that they had paid good money for and looked after to thrive? However, have you ever considered the time of day in which you do this activity?

It is best not to pick the hottest part of the day to water plants because more of the water will evaporate away from their roots and this is not as beneficial to the plants. (The hottest part of the day is usually between approximately 10 am and 2 pm). Therefore, the best time of day to feed and water your plants in spring and summer time is in either the early morning or early evening when the sun is no longer at its peak in the sky. This will mean that the temperature is far more pleasant and less conducive to evaporation.

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This may seem like a small tip but it can really make a huge difference, especially if you live in a location with a very warm climate all year around. It is also useful if you have to deal with very hot and dry summers or dry and poor quality soil on a regular basis. 

In addition, using a watering can rather than a hosepipe will help to reduce the amount of water that you waste and will help to stop you over-saturating the plants or lawn with the hose.

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4. Full Loads

When you next go to press the ‘on’ button on your dishwasher or washing machine, ask yourself if it really contains a full load. If there is space to add several more plates, dishes and cups to your dishwasher then perhaps wait just one more day and you will save on your water bills. In terms of your washing machine usage, try to put in full loads of washing wherever this is possible.

In addition, consider reducing the washing temperature down a notch from sixty degrees to forty for example. Consider ‘quick wash’ cycles more often too when you only have lightly soiled garments to clean. By simply being a little patient in this manner, there are many savings to be had on the household water bills.

If you take this careful and considered approach when it comes to your dishwasher and washing machine then you can really put more money back into your own pocket, especially over the long term. You can use this method on tumble dryers and other large household appliances too. The concept of being more careful and less wasteful can even apply to areas outside of water conservation such as with your trash can. Try to only replace the bag when it is full because this way you will save money on buying lots of trash/bin liners too.

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5. Installing A Water Meter

Deciding to install a water meter in your home can be a great way to more closely monitor and reduce your water usage. Not only does seeing a bill for the exact tasks you are using water for help to make you more consciously aware, it will also highlight the areas in which you could perhaps reduce or restrict your water related habits.

This water timer acts like a water meter outside because it will help to control the amount of water you use in the garden. It has lots of different cycles and options to choose from. You can even set it on a timer for when you are away from your home too!

There are companies that will actually come and fit the water meter in your home for you, so you do not have to worry about doing this task yourself. There are many different makes on the market but essentially they all do the same task. It is worth conducting further research online if you are interested in getting a water meter. A good general rule to follow when considering if a water meter could be right for you is that if there are more or the same number of bedrooms in your house than people[6], that it is then probably financially worthwhile for you to explore as an option for your home.

There are many more ways to save water and to help the environment, but the five methods above are close to home and things that many of us can act on today. In addition to my five tips, try to use a bucket and a sponge to wash your car instead of a hose pipe. You could also even recycle your old bath water to water plants too. Collect rain water in a large basin outside your home to water plants or wash the car as well. Think creatively and outside of the box to help save the environment and to put more money back into your pocket today!