Way back when, Garrett took a look at our water bill and all of the water we wasted at the big house. We’re getting granular again with our water and sewer bills due to major differences between municipalities and the impact on our budget/bills.
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We’ll also take a look at water usage, which has changed. Surely, moving to a smaller house does not reduce one’s consumption of water. That’s preposterous. 🙂 We took on the 15-gal/person/day challenge from Our Next Life, so we have news to report on that front.
ICYMI, we took a look at our water bill in August 2015 when we were at the big house. In August 2015, which was a typical month of water usage, we used 2,348 gallons or about 39 gallons/person/day. Whoa! It sounds like a lot of water to cut when we consider the 15-gal/person/day challenge.
Our approach to using less water:
- shut-off valve on the low-flow shower head, for use while shampooing
- elimination of the reverse osmosis filtration system, since our water is significantly cleaner than at the big house
- shorter showers, particularly because the hot water tank is 60% smaller than the one at the big house
- shorter plumbing runs, so hot water gets to the shower and sinks faster
- high-efficiency toilet
- no washing machine (roughly 240 gallons of additional water per month would be used if we add a washer)
For the last point about the washing machine, we’ll have a follow-up post on Wednesday. We haven’t had a washing machine in our small house, which has brought up a lot of questions for which we need feedback.
So how did we do?
In the new house, our water bill is completely different; we’re down to 1,000 gallons a month, which is roughly 17 gallons/person/day. If we had the washer, we would need to add 240 gallons to the 1,000, which brings us to 22 gallons/person/day.
The penalty is for last month when we weren’t receiving mail. Oops.
Adding a washer would impact our usage and bill, so we’re not sure it the dollars make sense to purchase a washing machine. Feedback desired. 🙂
Another big change is that our sewer is managed by a completely different organization, so the rate and billing cycle are different. Our sewer bill is a flat rate of $87, billed quarterly for a total of about $348/year. Previously, our sewer bill would have been about $652/year. This means we are saving $352 per year on sewer alone versus when we lived at the big house.
So why did we do this?
- We’re trying to conserve water, because it’s the right thing to do. 🙂
- We’re trying to be more frugal with our usage of utilities, because less water used is less money spent.
- When we are “off the grid” with Two Cup House, every ounce of water counts!