Potable water from public water service plants is usually priced at less than a penny per gallon, according to Samantha Villegas, a PR representative for water utilities. That's pretty cheap, so depending on your current water usage, you may not see immediate savings on your water bill by changing your habits.
That doesn't mean that changes aren't worth making, though. In addition to modest water savings, cutting down on water usage can help control tax dollars. Award-winning environmental designer Pablo Soloman, says, "While you may not see immediate results in your bill, there's a bigger picture to consider. By saving water, you reduce the need for more wells, more reservoirs, more pump stations, more sewage disposal, etc. This can help lead to lower taxes."
"More than 50 percent of water used in a home is used outside during the spring and summer months to water lawns and wash cars and driveways," says Villegas. She suggests the following ways to cut down on water usage outside the home, ultimately resulting in water savings:
While the water usage changes you make inside your home may not provide the same level of immediate savings as your outdoor changes, they can make a difference. Consider the following tips:
If you're still picking up disposable water bottles from the grocery or convenience store, it's time to turn back to the tap. If a single, 16-ounce bottle of water costs you $1.00 or more at the store, while 16 ounces from your tap costs less than a penny, you're throwing money down the drain, so to speak. Install a water filter on your tap and fill up your water bottles at home.
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