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Old 10-05-2012, 11:51 AM   #11
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Have you double checked to be sure you don't have any leaks anywhere? Double the bill seems kinda high for additional diaper washing. If you haven't already, go check all your toilets...put some food coloring in the tank then let it sit, if you have food coloring in the bowl, you have a leaking toilet. Double check the faucets too, be sure there are no leaks in the plumbing or under the sinks or anything.

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Old 10-05-2012, 12:24 PM   #12
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I would also double check for a leak.

Currently in our house we flush after every use, dh and I shower daily, ds (6) 5x a week, and bath the baby and my toddler 3 times a week each seperatly wash diapers 3times a week, do laundry and run the dishwasher daily and have 2 kids obsessed with washing their hands, and my water bill has gone up $30 in 5 years (adding cloth and 2 kids in the mix).
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Have you double checked to be sure you don't have any leaks anywhere? Double the bill seems kinda high for additional diaper washing. If you haven't already, go check all your toilets...put some food coloring in the tank then let it sit, if you have food coloring in the bowl, you have a leaking toilet. Double check the faucets too, be sure there are no leaks in the plumbing or under the sinks or anything.
I agree. Double is really high. When we garden in the summertime, our water bill goes up by $30 at the most, and that's with us watering it 2-3 times a day.
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Have you double checked to be sure you don't have any leaks anywhere? Double the bill seems kinda high for additional diaper washing. If you haven't already, go check all your toilets...put some food coloring in the tank then let it sit, if you have food coloring in the bowl, you have a leaking toilet. Double check the faucets too, be sure there are no leaks in the plumbing or under the sinks or anything.
We did a whole system check with our landlord several months back when it first started, and replaced the toilet. That did reduce the bill by about $20 but didn't solve the problem.

I wondered if there could be leaks underground but I don't know enough about plumbing to even know where to look.
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Re: How to lower water bill

Ask your water company to check the meter. If you don't have any water turned on the meter shouldn't be turning. If it's turning while no one is using any water then you have an undiscovered leak.

Our water bill averaged $80-$100 a month before cloth. Now it averages $130-$150 a month. But this includes more than just diapers. I am home all day now. We went from 4-5 people. My daughter hit her teen years and now takes long showers daily. Plus our water rates went up about the time ds2 was born. We are also using cloth in the kitchen and bathroom now instead paper.
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Just a note - be careful with the brick - it can break down and cause issues for your toilet. The recommendation I have heard is to use a half gallon jug of water instead
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Just a note - be careful with the brick - it can break down and cause issues for your toilet. The recommendation I have heard is to use a half gallon jug of water instead
That's good to know. We've done it for years with no issue, but not worth the risk.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:41 PM   #18
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I would switch to flats or use them to stuff your pockets. Then you could wash them thoroughly with 3 water changes (rinse, wash, rinse) twice a week instead of 6 water changes 3 times a week (assuming you have a toploader). That would get you down from 1080 gallons a month just washing diapers to 360 gallons a month for diapers.
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We have a 2 liter soda bottle filled with water in each of our toilet tanks (instead of the brick).

Other than that, I have nothing different to add, except . Our bill went up by $3 when we started CDing. Nothing significant.
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I would switch to flats or use them to stuff your pockets. Then you could wash them thoroughly with 3 water changes (rinse, wash, rinse) twice a week instead of 6 water changes 3 times a week (assuming you have a toploader). That would get you down from 1080 gallons a month just washing diapers to 360 gallons a month for diapers.
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1080 gallons

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