I have thinking since last night what I would like to talk about today. We do have our gas line fixed and the gas company moved the meter to the side of the house. This way they didn’t have the added expense of replacing our driveway and front porch. All of our neighbors have their meter on the side and we always had it on the front. We did our best to conceal it, Randy made a box to cover it which I always thought was great, because the kids were always sitting on it. Our neighbor said “glad to see that eye sore gone?” Maybe it was an eye sore.
My last post said Hot Shower wanted! I wanted to talk about ways to save water. We live in a town that the water rates are so high and we can’t keep up with our water bill. I decided my mission is to lower our bill like my mission was the gas bill earlier in the year and we have almost $20. I am a frugal mom on a mission!
I called the water department and was told our rates went up 28 percent, and last year we had a 70 percent increase, which equals 98 percent. How can people make it if they aren’t frugal? I can see why people have to leave our wonderful town; they can’t keep up.
Here are some water-saving tips:
1. Check for leaks, drips and running water. Think of it as money going down the drain and get them fixed.
2. Only wash full loads of laundry and dishes in dishwasher. It doesn’t matter if there is one thing or a full load; you will use the same amount of water.
3. Showers take less water than a bath. Try to make it a five-minute one.
4. Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge. This way you won’t waste water running until it’s cold enough for you.
5. Add a brick or small filled water jug to the tank of the toilet. This displaces the water and you use less.
6. Remember when mother said “Scrape your plate!” Well, she was right again. Scrape rather than rinse before you put your plate in the dishwasher and this will save water.
7. Shut that water off when brushing your teeth.
8. The joke – is your toilet running? Well, you better go catch it, because it’s running away with your money. To check if it is running, put blue dye in the tank and if the bowl turns blue right away, you better catch it soon or you’ll be seeing red when the water bill comes. (Remember: if you don’t see a color change right away, you will when you flush it until the color is gone from the tank.)
9. Think about installing a separate water meter for outside water faucets if you do outside watering and car washing, so you won’t get charged sewer usage.
I found a site with 49 ways to save water to read
Our family will be doing this one today. Check your water meter and write down the number and don’t run any water for 2 hours and check again. If the number has changed you have a leak. I am going to check before work and after to make sure I am not running any water. I will let you know!
Have a blessed day, Candy