We waste a lot of water every month. In fact, about 95% of the water that enters our homes goes right down the drain. Taking steps to conserve your water use will not only help preserve this precious resource, but also help you save money every month.
These five apps can help you save water – and your wallet.
If you receive your water bill on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, it’s very difficult to see how much water your household uses on a daily basis. That’s where Dropcountr comes. This free app, available on both iOS and Android devices, taps into your water utility to see your water usage in real-time.
Knowing how much water you’re using will help you find better ways to conserve your daily usage.
2. H20 Tracker
Much like Dropcountr, H20 Tracker is a free app (iOS and Android) that helps you keep track of your water usage.
The app doesn’t tap into your water utility, but it does ask questions about your shower head and faucet output. It even helps you find this information. The app also asks about your household water usage to help you find out which areas you can conserve.
An app like H20 Tracker can also help you catch a problem with your pipes that may be wasting water. If you’re using an excessive amount of water one month, there may be a leak that needs to be repaired. Plumbers that specialize in trenchless pipe repairs can fix the issue without digging up your yard.
3. Shower Watch
If you have the Apple Watch, the Shower Watch app can help you keep track of your water usage when you’re in the shower.
The app asks you to input the type of shower head you’re using (standard, rain, low-flow, etc.), or the rate of your shower head in gallons per minute.
When you’re ready to shower, turn on the timer on your Apple Watch and start showering. The app will keep track of your showering habits for one week. If you want to see and save data for longer periods of time, you’ll need to upgrade to the premium version.
4. Drop Drop
Created by developers in South Africa, the Drop Drop app helps users track their daily water usage. It also helps predict your monthly water bill and find new ways to conserve water.
The water usage area of the app can help users detect leaks, manage readings and find out information about their usage. The knowledge base area aims to educate users on how to save on water and use alternative water sources, like rain harvesting.
5. Rain Harvest
Rain water is an alternative source of water that can help you cut back on your monthly usage. Collecting rain water isn’t legal everywhere, so check your local laws to make sure you can go this route.
The Rain Harvest app is free to use and helps you calculate exactly how much water you need to collect. The app makes calculations based on a few variables, like the “catchment area,” number of collection points and rainfall in inches.