JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Doing some or all of these can help lower your water bill this summer.
-Put a bucket under the showerhead while you're waiting for the water to warm up. Use the water you catch for watering plants, flushing the toilet or cleaning.
-Install a low-flow showerhead. You can save 2.5 gallons per minutes this way according to the Grace Communications Foundation.
-Play music while you're taking a shower and try to get your shower time down to one song.
-Baths should be an occasional treat. If you have a large tub, they will consume twice the amount of water as a short shower.
-If you do take a bath, fish out the water with a bucket and use it for watering plants or flushing the toilet.
-Flushing the toilet uses the most water out of anything in the house. Get a low flow toilet if you can to help with water consumption. If you can't, putting a plastic bottle filled with sand or rocks and water in your toilet tank will reduce the amount you use, up to a half gallon per flush. That really adds up!
-Follow the saying, " "If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown flush it down." It may seem gross but flushing less means saving cash.
-Don't flush things down the toilet to dispose of them. Throw tissues and other bathroom waste in the garbage can, which doesn't require gallons of water.
To see how much water you're using in your home and calculate your water footprint, check out this link from Grace Communications Foundation.
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