When your family’s monthly water bill is getting too high, it’s time to find ways to reduce your water usage. Your family may take water for granted because it’s easy to turn on a faucet, and this can lead to bad habits that everyone can change, from your spouse to your youngest children. Consider these ways to save water in your home.

Wash Full Loads of Laundry

Make sure to wash full loads of laundry rather than washing only one or two things at a time in a washing machine. If you need to wash something without waiting until you have a full load, then place it in the sink with water along with laundry detergent, and hang it up to dry. When you are ready to buy a new washing machine, make sure to look a front-loader or one that has a half-load option so that you won’t waste water when putting in small loads.

Turn Off the Water Right Away

Do you and your children leave the water running while you wash your faces or brush your teeth? This is a wasteful habit that leads to high water bills each month. Post a sign on the wall near a bathroom sink as a reminder to everyone to turn off the faucet after wetting a toothbrush or a washcloth so that you can stop wasting clean valuable water.

Inspect Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures

How often do your inspect your home’s plumbing devices? Items such as sinks, toilets, bathtubs and water heaters can degrade, leading to slow leaks that waste water. In addition, the pipes and connectors in your home can rust, causing water loss that costs you a lot of money. Don’t forget to check your home’s sewer lines for problems that can lead to standing water on the lawns of your property. The cost of maintenance will save you much more money as time goes on.

Wash Dishes and Pans in the Sink

It’s okay to use a dishwasher when you have a lot of pans, utensils, and glassware, but when you only have a few dishes, you will use less water by washing the dishes in the sink. Fill the sink with only enough water for the amount of dishes that you need to wash, and also rinse the dishes quickly in another partially filled sink rather than leaving the faucet running continuously. This is especially useful for washing a few amount of large dishes like pots or pans that just take up excess space in a dishwasher.

Install Low-flow Toilets

The toilets of your home use massive amounts of water each day, and if you have an older toilet with a large tank and bowl, then it is wasting water. Install a modern low-flow toilet that uses less water in each bathroom so that you can avoid having a huge water bill each month. Some toilets can have two flushing mechanisms for liquids and solids, which also helps conserve water as well.

Have Family Meetings on Saving Water

It’s a good idea to have family meetings to discuss issues such as high water bills so that everyone can find a way to reduce the use of water inside and outside a home. You may be surprised at the clever, fun suggestions your kids come up with to remind themselves and you to save water!