In recent years, water conservation has become more and more appealing to a broader group of people. It’s becoming easier to conserve water, and we seem to need to more than ever as life goes on. There are an endless number of steps you can take that will help you to reduce your water footprint around your house, which will in turn save you money when your water bill comes around. Many of these tips and tricks could help lower the amount of electricity you use monthly, therefore saving you money on energy, as well.  In some ways, it actually pays to take care of the environment.

Use water-efficient appliances:

If possible, upgrade both your dishwasher and washing machine to newer water-efficient models. Generally, the dishwasher actually uses about half as much water as washing by hand does, but some newer models can use only about a quarter of the total amount. If you’re not in the market for any new appliances, just be sure to only run your washer or dishwasher when you have a full load inside.

Use high-powered burners:

These new water heaters are remarkable in the sense that they only heat the water you need on-demand. They’re both water and energy efficient, and a great way to save you money on both your water and energy bill. If you don’t think that this type of water heater is for you, you can still look into water heaters with the Energy Star seal to ensure you’re getting the right heater to save you money at home.

Look into your sprinkler system:

Irrigating your yard is a find way to keep it looking nice and healthy, but a majority of people with sprinkler systems are overwatering their property. If you have a sprinkler system, or even just a garden you water, consider conducting a little research. Ensure you’re giving it the proper amount of water- not more and not less.

Turn water off:

When you’re applying soap to your hands, brushing your teeth, or even shaving, you can keep the water off for a majority of that process. Only turn the water on when you’re actively using it. It may seem like something small, but that amount of water multiplied by the amount of times you do the simple act really does add up eventually.

Fix leaks:

While some things on this list may seem a bit daunting, this is a task that everyone should be able to handle. Collected data suggests that running toilets, leaky showerheads, and dripping faucets actually waste more than 10,000 gallons of water a year in a single home. Many of these problems can be fixed easily enough, but even if you need to bring in a professional, it could save you money in the long run.

There is a myriad of ways for you to reduce your water footprint- this list is just a small sample. Feel free to explore the various methods people are using to lessen the amount of water they use around their houses; you may notice the difference looking at your bills as soon as next month.