Austin residents, like any other residents nationwide, are conscious (and sometimes overly conscious) about saving money. Whether it involves something as simple as clipping coupons or something as advanced as switching credit cards for better APR rates, the common denominator, money-saving, remains the same.
Saving money on specific bills is no different. While the monthly water bill is one of the smallest bills to have, any savings is good savings. One glance at the City of Austin Website shows that conservation is a high priority, and the following tips can help in the mission of saving money.
- Take a shower: Imagine how much money you can save each year by taking a 10-minute shower instead of filling a tub with water for a bath. Let’s one-up that; imagine how much money you can save each year by taking a 5-minute shower instead of a 10-minute shower.
- Purchase a tankless: Tankless water heaters are the perfect answer for energy efficiency, primarily when you’re allowing your water to get hot with a conventional water heater – and that can take a couple of seconds, even minutes in some homes. Tankless heaters basically heat water only as needed, which is a major necessity for penny pinchers.
- Look for leaks: Slab leaks can be a pain, as they give off the impression that water is running – even though it isn’t. They also give sudden hikes to monthly water bills that definitely are unfavorable. If you see random leaks around your floors or hear sounds of running water, you could have a slab leak.
- Do the simple things: There are some tasks that seem like common-sense solutions, but many people don’t abide by them. For example, when you’re brushing your teeth, don’t let the water run. Shut it off as you’re brushing. If you are a plant lover, try melting ice with tap water in a watering pail. Also, feel free to give plants the bottled water you don’t finish.