As summer comes into full swing, staying hydrated becomes a top priority for all of us. Here at HelloWallet, we recognize the importance of consuming water sustainably. We’re firm believers that thoughtful consideration of drinking water can save you money. We even purchased HelloWallet water bottles as giveaway items for our clients!
Say No to Bottled Water
We know it’s hard to refrain from purchasing water, but consistently buying bottled water throws money down the drain. In addition to its cost, some studies point to negative health implications associated with bottled water as well as its role in generating large amounts of container waste. Do yourself a favor by investing in a water filter and a reusable water bottle. Make it a goal to take water with you on the go and these purchases will pay for themselves in usage alone.
While we’re on the subject of water, let’s address water conservation. Even with increased summer temperatures, there’s no reason for your water bill to feel the heat.
Check out these useful tips on how to save water at home:
- Install high-efficiency shower heads to minimize the amount of water used in a given shower.
- Opt for a shower over a bath. A full tub requires roughly 70 gallons of water.
- Take shorter showers. Depending on your shower head efficiency, a five minute can use over 5 gallons of water.
- Repair or replace leaky faucets, which can waste 20+ gallons of water per day.
- Utilize your dishwasher for full loads only. Contrary to popular belief, washing dishes by hand wastes more water than the dishwasher.
- Replace old toilets. Out of all the appliances in your house, toilets use the most water. Older toilets are inefficient when it comes to water conservation, and you could be losing a substantial amount of water with every flush.
- Turn off the tap when you’re not using it. For example, turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth saves between 4 and 8 gallons of water.
- Allow pots and pans to soak in water rather than scraping them clean under running water.
- Plant native and drought-tolerant plants in your garden and conserve rain water to water your plants. You’ll find that rain water has a more positive effect on your plants!