Tips For Reducing Water Usage

June 28, 2021 | by BMI Staff

We all know the cost of air conditioning goes up during the hotter months, putting a season-long strain on a lot of our utility bills. One way to combat this increase is to reduce energy in other ways, especially water. Take a look at these tips for reducing your water usage, and start saving on your bills.

Check Your Toilet for Leaks

If the water in the tank of your toilet is finding its way to the bowl without a flush, your toilet is cycling through much more water than it needs to, costing you on your utility bill. Test whether your toilets are sealed properly by putting a couple drops of food coloring in the tank and seeing if it leaks into the toilet without flushing. 

Time Your Showers

If you’re the kind of person who dilly dallies or even purposefully takes their time in the shower, consider grabbing a timer to keep within sight while you wash. Shaving even one minute off of your shower time will save five to ten gallons of water. 

Fill the Dishwasher & Washing Machine

Your dishwasher is a luxury that uses 25 gallons of water per load, regardless of how full it is. Make the most of those gallons by filling it every time. Wash your bigger pots and pans by hand to make room for more small dishes. Similarly, fill your washing machine before running a load by waiting a few days before running it or taking the opportunity to include some linens with a partial load. 

Water Your Lawn Deeply and Only As Needed

When watering your lawn, make sure to soak it so that the water reaches the roots, where it really needs it. Lightly sprinkling the lawn will cause the water to evaporate, wasting it. To prevent fast evaporation, water your lawn in the morning or at dusk when the temperature is cooler. Finally, if your sprinklers are on a timer, they might be causing a needlessly high water bill. Only water your lawn as needed, and watch the savings flood in!

Turn the Water Off

Whether you’re shaving, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or anything else that requires use of your sink, make sure to turn the water off when it isn’t in use. Those few minutes in between placing something in contact with the faucet’s stream can really add up, causing gallons of waste each month. 

While you’re in the money saving mood, consider asking your BMI agents about all of the great discounts you may qualify for. From coupling your home and auto to having a safe driving record, there are so many ways to cut back on spending within your policies!