Are you Looking for some extra cash for your next semester of study?
Why don’t you start by cutting costs on your biggest liability: your housing costs!
It seems like prices everywhere are on the rise nowadays; rent, textbooks, eating out, and especially the cost of household bills. As a student, you may be paying subsidised rent, however you still have to pay bills and these costs can add up quickly!
When it comes to household bill increases, water rates can often get out of hand. Here are some little known tips that you can use around your house (or dormitory) to save thousands in water Bills each year.
Please note, many of the following tips will require altercation of the property in some way so we advise you to get written permission from your landlord or housing provider before going ahead with the changes.
1) Install Low-Flow Shower Heads
Pick up a low-flow shower head from your local department store and you could be well on your way to saving thousands. Low-flow shower heads cost between $18-$50 dollars and when combined with shorter shower times (try 5 minutes instead of 10) the cost savings can be huge. If you live in a larger house, you’ll see huge cost savings, especially over a period of 3-4 years.
Newer models have a handy ‘pause feature’ so when you’re washing with soap you can stop the water conveniently to save even more.
Here’s a tip: ask your landlord or housing provider if they will cover the costs of installation: As a student, you shouldn’t have to pay for house related upgrades.
2) Invest In Dual-Flush Toilets
Using a dual flush toilet allows you to control the level of water that your toilet is flushed with, which can really add up. When compared to a traditional toilet, a dual-flush toilet can save around 5 gallons per flush; that’s a big deal!
3)Fix Your Obvious Household Leaks
The average undetected leak can go on for weeks, months, and possibly years depending on how bad it is. It’s easy to ignore these small leaks – especially when you’re busy studying and partying! At the end of the day, you’ll have to pay the water bill so it’s wise to fix these issues as soon as you notice them.
This tip alone could save you thousands in water bills each year. A great way to easily check if you have a leak is to have a look at your ‘leak indicator’ which is located within your water meter. If the indicator spins while you’re not using any water, you can be sure you have a leak- now you just have to find it.
4) Collect Rainwater
Installing a rainwater tank can save you an enormous amount of water depending on where you live, and how wet your neighbourhood is. If for some reason you can’t install a tank on your property, an alternative is to install ‘rainwater barrels’ to your downpipes.
Not only will rain water collection tanks provide you with free, clean water, but they will also do there part in maintaining the structural integrity of your home. Less moisture around the foundations of your house means less chance of structural problems in the future, and moisture is the number 1 cause of building foundation problems. Yes, it wont be you that has to deal with these problems if they arise, however moving house does cost money, and if a buildings foundations are deemed weak, legally you will have to relocate.
5)Request The Installation Of A Water Softening System
A water softening system is a unit that changes hard-water to soft-water as it enters your home. Hard water contains an excess of minerals such as Manganese, Iron, Magnesium and Calcium that can be an expensive nuisance for a home. These minerals are taken up in the underground water supply, and as water is heated in your home, they crystallize and stick to household surfaces.
Over time, scale deposit builds up and can block pipes; greatly reducing water flow, or even stains showers and sinks; issues that bring about costly repair bills. Those same scale deposits can make your hair and skin feel dry and brittle, forcing you to spend more money on skin creams and hair conditioners. Installing a water softening system will counteract the negative effects of hard water, thus eliminating scale build-up in your household appliances, saving you money in the long run. Find out more about the best water softeners at the Water Softener Critic.
With those 5 simple and easy tips, you could be well on your way to cutting your water bills by thousands each year.
Even though most of the changes will save you money in the long run, your landlord will also appreciate your attitude towards maintaining their household, and this will set up the basis for a great relationship during your study years. Who knows, they may like you so much that they will not increase your rent each year!
Get a little creative out of the classroom and start thinking about other ways you could save money around the home – you could be paying off that student debt of yours faster than you think!