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Water saving tips?

I got forced onto medical leave a few months ago, cutting our income by about $30000 a year. Our water and electric bill are over $200 a month. My husband takes long hot showers and won't stop doing it even if it saves us money.

Any tips to lower these bills in other ways?

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Acook331

Asked by Acook331 at 11:21 PM on May. 16, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • Lower the temperature on your hot water heater, and don't tell your husband. The water won't get as hot, and he might not want to stay as long in the shower!
    GoodyBrook

    Answer by GoodyBrook at 11:24 PM on May. 16, 2011

  • One shower per person per day. Don't run the water in the sink when you brush your teeth. Add a brick to your toilet tanks to displace some of the water so it doesn't take as much to fill up the tank. Don't let the water run continuously when you rinse dishes. Don't water your lawn. If you have a washing machine and dishwasher, used them only if you have a full load. And put the washing machine on the strongest spin cycle as this will shorten your drying time (saving electricity).

    Electric - turn your AC temp to 75. Make sure all windows are securely shut. Turn all lights off if you aren't in the room. Add power strips to TVs and other electronics and turn the power strips off when not in use - even when it is "OFF" most electronics still pull power continuously. You can purchase a timer for your hot water heater (if it is electric) that turns it off when you aren't using it.
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 8:09 AM on May. 17, 2011

  • If your children are young enough for it to be appropriate, you can always have DH share his shower time with a little one.

    Get two of them clean with one long shower.
    Dkhilly

    Answer by Dkhilly at 12:37 PM on May. 17, 2011

  • Turn off the water when you brush your teeth, only do laundry when you have a full load, only run the dishwasher when you have a full load.
    Samanthamommy

    Answer by Samanthamommy at 1:11 PM on May. 17, 2011

  • We saved a ton on water with a front loading washer. I know they are somewhat pricey right off but it did really help.
    PrincessPeach06

    Answer by PrincessPeach06 at 2:27 PM on May. 17, 2011

  • I never tried this but a family member of mine use to take there bath water and flush the toilet with it.
    iam4you2

    Answer by iam4you2 at 2:53 PM on May. 17, 2011

  • You can buy water saving heads for all of your shower heads and for your faucets. They are easy to put on and they save a lot of water. Don't over rinse your dishes before they go into the dishwasher if you have a model that is less than a few years old. Also experiment with the cycles. I have found that my dishes come out just as clean using the light was cycle. I turn on the Sanitize button and turn off the Heat Dry button too, this makes sure the dishes are really clean, but doesn't waste energy with an extra rinse (which is what you get on the normal cycle vs the light) and heat dry.
    cleanaturalady

    Answer by cleanaturalady at 4:09 PM on May. 17, 2011

  • i wash all of our clothes in cold water and open our blinds during the day instead of turning lights on. you could also plug things that you dont use during the day (lamp on your nightstand, cell charger, etc.) into a power strip that you unplug the whole thing when you get up and plug it back in when you go to bed
    flamingomegs

    Answer by flamingomegs at 6:54 PM on May. 17, 2011

  • Lower the temperature on your hot water heater, and don't tell your husband. The water won't get as hot, and he might not want to stay as long in the shower; wash all of your clothes in cold water and open your blinds during the day instead of turning lights on. you could also plug things that you dont use during the day (lamp on your nightstand, cell charger, etc.) into a power strip that you unplug the whole thing when you get up and plug it back in when you go to bed
    Christmaslver68

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 11:52 AM on May. 18, 2011

  • I would have a long talk with him about it and the example he sets too. Not cool that he is not on board wiht helping lower hte bills.
    KTMOM

    Answer by KTMOM at 1:01 PM on May. 18, 2011

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