How can I lower my bill?
Practicing water conservation keeps the environment healthy, and can also help you save money on your water bill. Water is used all around the house, see below for some of the best ways to use your water effectively and keep your water usage down.
In the bathroom
- Check for a faulty toilet flapper/stop valve by adding a few drops of food dye into the tank and waiting about 15 minutes
- Get an ultra-low-flow toilet, which uses only 1.6 gallons per flush
- Save about 20 gallons of water by only filling the bathtub halfway
- Save between 15 to 30 gallons by reducing shower time by 5 minutes
- Install a low-flow showerhead
- Add a shutoff device at the showerhead to turn it off while lathering
- Turn off the sink while brushing your teeth or shaving
In the kitchen
- Hand-washing typically uses 16 gallons of water, compared to only 9.2 to 12.4 gallons for the dishwasher
- Avoid pre-rinsing dishes
- Only turn on the dishwasher when it is full
- Put a jug of water in the fridge instead of letting the water run until cold
- In the laundry room
- Wash full loads
- Buy a high-efficiency model washer
In the yard and garden
- Adjust sprinkler heads so they are not watering sidewalks, driveways and roads.
- Replace broken sprinkler heads
- Only water when lawn or plants shows signs of needing it
- Set you mower blade higher during growing season since tall grass retains moisture better than short grass
- Install low-volume irrigation systems for plants where possible
- Plant native and drought-tolerant plants, bushes and flowers
- Install paths, decks/patios and other Florida-friendly landscaping to reduce the amount of lawn area that needs watering
For more information on high consumption usage, please call the Public Utilities Customer Service Center at (813) 272-6680.