How to Save Money on Your Electric and Water

I’m sure most of you often wonder how you too could save money on your electric and water bill, and it has taken me some research and trial and error, to come up with my complete list of money-saving tips. The list I’m about to share with you can be easily done in an apartment or a house (so renters not excluded)! Shall we begin?

Electric

1) Replace all light bulbs with low watt, energy-efficient ones, or remove excess lights

When I moved in to my apartment, I no longer had a need for my lamps (my previous apartment had no overhead lights). My current rental has more than one light option in every room. For example, I have a set of track lights in my living room which has three bulbs, and a ceiling light that also has three bulbs. Six bulbs are a bit overkill, so I’ve removed the lights from the ceiling and replaced the track lights with these: Philips LED Bulb 16 Pack 40 Watt I’ve used this method in all rooms of my apartment with more than one set of lights.

2)  Unplug everything when you’re not using it

If you’re like me, you don’t think about what is plugged in and what’s not. I usually just leave chargers in the wall at all times. However, leaving things plugged in even when you’re not using them is still creating and using energy. I went around my apartment and unplugged everything that I don’t use on a regular basis (my stereo, my salt lamp, the electric piano, etc.)

3) Turn off ceiling fans and lights when not in use

This goes with the above… if you’re not using it, turn it off! My husband has a bad habit of leaving the fan on when we’re not in the room or gone all day… think about the money you could save if you just flip the switch OFF. It’s a hard to habit to break, as many of us probably don’t think about these things on a daily basis. The more you remind yourself to turn it off, you’ll be in a better habit of saving money and energy.

Water

1) Create a water displacement for your toilet

I watch YouTube a lot, and I learned this method from there. I had an old apple cider half-gallon bottle, and I filled the bottom with pebbles for a weight, and filled the rest with water. I put it in the back of my toilet, and it has displaced the water by nearly half. What this does is allows you to not use as much water when flushing the toilet. This can save you on average about $7.00 a year! You don’t have to use a half-gallon, if you have a 2 liter or gallon jug, that would work too. You can use anything to fill up the bottom, so long as it acts as a weight. I think this method is perfect, because it’s simple and easy to use, and it stays out of sight and out of mind. You can save water without even knowing remembering it!

2) Flushing methods

WARNING: This is not for the faint of heart. We have a saying around here that states, “if it’s brown flush it down, if it’s yellow let it mellow“. With that being said, I think you get the point. By not flushing often or when not necessary, allows you to conserve water. There can be exceptions to the rule, as I’m sure this wouldn’t fly with everyone, especially in larger families. However, it’s just my husband and I, and it really allows us to discipline ourselves, and to be actively conscious about how much water we’re saving.

3) Toothbrush habits

How many of you just turn on the water when you’re brushing your teeth and leave it on? Maybe you don’t, good for you. Here’s what I do… get a spray bottle and fill it with water. Spray your toothbrush with water, instead of turning on the faucet. You can also set out a *small* glass of water so that you can rinse your mouth, and then your toothbrush when you’re finished. Don’t throw that water down the sink though! If your toothpaste is biodegradable like mine (Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste), you can use this to water your plants.

4) Consider an aerator for your sink

I’ve looked into this option, but I’m not confident on buying something that may or may not fit my sink, so I would do some more research before a purchase like this. However, buying an aerator for your sink is cheap. This will help aerate the water, providing a smaller output than normal. I can’t use one on my kitchen sink, as I currently have a Brita water filter on it, but I am considering one for my bathroom, as long as I can get the right measurements.

5) Buy a low pressure shower head

I recently purchased a low pressure shower head that uses 1.5 GPM (Gallons Per Minute) instead of the traditional 2.2. I love this new shower head, it looks nice and it feels great, I don’t even notice a difference.

6) Shower habits

Yes, I know I’m a dirty hippie by admitting this, but consider how frequent you’re showering. It is not necessary to shower on a daily basis. If you’re someone who showers daily, think about changing it up to every other day and see how it feels. If you’re not comfortable with the idea, then try to set a time limit for your showers, the shorter, the better!

7) Fill up your kitchen sink

I only have a basin sink, and I miss having a dual basin. If you’re stuck with a single basin, you can buy a plastic basin as an alternative. If you have a dual basin, or are using a plastic one, fill up both basins with water, one soapy, and one not. By washing your dishes this way, you’re using less water than if you left the sink running. Just for fun, wash dishes one evening and try plugging the sink, you’ll be amazed at how fast it fills up. Think about how much water you’re wasting down the sink by leaving it running! If you have a dishwasher, that’s awesome (I call that my husband). I do strongly recommend washing dishes by hand though. We have a dishwasher and don’t use it. You use less water washing by hand, and it leaves your hands silky smooth. Again, if you’re using a biodegradable dish detergent, you can use your extra water to water the plants. If you don’t have any plants, you can use this water to flush your toilet.

Those are my money-saving tips for saving electric and water. If you enjoyed this article and think it can help someone out, please be sure to share! If you have any ideas on how to save money on electric and water, please share in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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