What to Do When Your Water Bill Soars

Save water and you save money. It's pretty simple as water conservation is one of the easiest things to do if you have a little knowledge but we all get forgetful and turn on the faucet longer than needed.

The more gallons of water that go down the drain and so does the money with it. Research shows that on a daily use of a household:

- Bathing or showering uses the most at about 80 gallons

- Laundry uses about 40 gallons

- Dishwashing is about 10

- Cooking and drinking is close to 15

Add all that up for a family instead of one person it rounds out to 200 gallon a day. That’s a lot of water.

What can you do to save? Here are 4 quick tips:

1. Make sure nothing is leaking. Fix leaks the minute you hear dripping sounds. This applies to sinks, faucets, toilets, water heaters, etc. If it’s old you might want to buy a new water saving model. Or, place something plastic inside the tank to displace the amount of water being flushed.

2. Get a better hose. A soaker hose gets to the roots better and conserves more water.

3. Use turf instead of real grass or get rid of grass altogether. Many real estate investors use this strategy as it eliminates the need to use lots of water.

4. Get better equipment. This might cost some money in the front end but it will save water and money in the long run. Ask specifically about the best models for water conservation from dish washers, washers (for clothes), toilets, shower heads, etc.