Summer is just around the corner, and it’s the time of year that water bills go up. We live in an area where water is EXPENSIVE. I don’t know the exact rate, as the landlord gets the bill, but if we go over 5000 gallons a month, we pay the difference.

In the winter we never go over 5000 gallons. But in the summer, watch out! We usually end up owing some money on the water bill, because we have to water the garden.

Here are some tips to conserve water and save money.

Take Showers, Not Baths

Short showers with a low-flow showerhead use less water than the average bath. The average bath uses 30-50 gallons of water, and a four minute shower in a shower with a low flow showerhead uses just 10 gallons.

If you turn off the water while shampooing, soaping up, and shaving, you can save even more water.

Turn Off the Water When Brushing Teeth

I’m sure most of you already do this, but don’t run the water while you brush your teeth or shave. Turn it off, and then turn it back on when it’s time to rinse.

Don’t Waste Water While You Wait

When you’re waiting for water to warm up to wash dishes or take a shower, don’t let the cold water go down the drain. Fill up a bucket or water can to water your garden. I’ve been doing this for a while now, and every little bit adds up.

Let Your Grass Brown Out

If you don’t care about the aesthetics of brown grass, let your grass brown out. It will green up again when the rain starts falling. Watering gardens and lawns is probably the single biggest water expense of the summer. Unless you have a pool.

Check for Leaks

A leaky faucet can be a huge water drain. If you notice a leak, fix it immediately. And if you notice your water bill go up inexplicably, check your pipes for leaks.

Only Run Full Loads

Whether dishes or laundry, only wash full loads. Don’t waste water on running a half empty load. The same goes for hand washing dishes. If you don’t have many dirty dishes, wait until after the next meal to fill up the sink with water and was.

Does your water bill go up during the summer? What do you do to conserve water?