If you’re trying to reduce your monthly expenses to help pay down credit card debt, consider how to save on your water bill.
- Don’t overlook cutting back on essential line items in your budget, like your water bill.
- Limiting your water usage can be an easy way to find extra income to pay off your credit card debt and stay out of debt.
- Consider these 10 simple steps to help lower your water bill.
Save Money on Your Water Bill
Your budget should be a flexible document; if you’re having trouble paying down your credit card debt, it may be time to update your budget. If you don’t have a monthly budget already, you can use our template to get started.
Once you have your budget written out, find recurring monthly line items you can cut back on. It may be easiest to start with non-essential line items like magazine subscriptions but you can also cut back on essential line items like groceries and utilities like electricity and water.
Even though water is essential, there are many ways to cut back on your water usage to save money. If you are already conserving water wisely, you may still find ways to cut back even more, opening up more funds to pay down your credit card debt.
What are 10 ways to save water?
Saving money on your water bill can help protect your money from literally going down the drain. While it’s a necessity that you can’t cut out completely, you may be able to use these 10 tips to conserve water and potentially save on your next bill.
- Opt for showers over baths, which generally use less water. Challenge yourself to take a short shower to save even more water. If you can’t take showers, don’t fill the tub all the way when taking a bath.
- Install fixtures that will save water without needing to change your routine. Find toilets, showerheads, faucets, etc. that use less water automatically.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. A single handle faucet may make it easier to turn off the water with one hand while holding your toothbrush in the other.
- Check for leaks around your home and repair them. Even small leaks in faucets, sprinklers, toilets and other appliances can add up on your water bill.
- Install water-efficient appliances throughout your home, like your clothes washer and dishwasher. Using less water to do the same job may be able to save you on your next water bill.
- Run a full load in your clothes washer, or make sure the washer uses the correct amount of water for your smaller load. Some washers do this automatically but you may need to use the “small load” setting.
- Only run full loads in the dishwasher as a half load will use the same amount of water as a full load. If you can’t make a full load, it usually saves water to hand wash the item or two that you need.
- Use the rain to your benefit by collecting it to water plants indoors and outdoors, including your lawn. You can also use this water for anything else that does not require potable water, such as washing your car.
- If you’re going to water your lawn with sprinklers, make sure you are making the most of your water usage. Make sure the sprinklers are aimed at the lawn, not the sidewalk, for example.
- Choose landscaping for your yard that can help you save water. Find plants that don’t need as much water or opt for a more simple landscape with fewer plants.
Get creative when cutting back on your water bills, or any other line items that are in your budget. You never know what small act may help you get closer to paying down your credit card debt.
If saving on your water bill is not enough to gain control over your credit card debt, contact one of ClearOne Advantage’s Certified Debt Specialists at 866-481-1597 to discuss your best debt relief options and get a free savings estimate today.