Last month, our electric bill increased by $48, thanks to the deregulation of utilities in Pennsylvania. Our bill will be even higher moving forward, since we now use an air purifier 24 hours a day. This added cost means we need to cut corners somewhere else in our monthly expenses.
Our budget is already pretty bare bones: food, housing, utilities, insurance, and taxes. We don't have cable, eat in restaurants, order takeout, go to the movies, or even buy new clothes unless we absolutely must. So it's going to be a bit of a challenge to reduce our monthly expenses even further.
We already try to use our utilities sparingly and wisely. However, we certainly have room for improvement in this area. I know for a fact that we could be doing more to lower our water bill. So starting today, we're going to be making some changes to help decrease our monthly water expenses.
Here are the ways we'll be trying to reduce our water consumption. Do you have any suggestions?
- Brushing our teeth in the shower.
- Installing a low-flow shower head.
- Placing a milk gallon filled with water in the toilet tank.
- Only washing full loads of laundry or dishes.
- Rinsing dirty dishes in a tub, rather than under running water.
- Taking shorter showers.
- Turning the faucet off while shaving, lathering up soap, or brushing teeth.
- After boiling pasta or potatoes, using the water for something else (watering plants, rinsing dirty dishes, etc).
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