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Living Cheap: Water

As college students, we don’t have the luxury of bottomless wallets and often are forced to make sacrifices in our homes.  Hopefully with the help of Move-in Morgantown and a little bit of effort, you will be able to save money and maybe even make your life a little bit greener without much inconvenience.

This month, National Geographic is releasing a special issue focusing on the most abundant and important resource on the planet titled “Water: Our Thirsty World.”

The issue will discuss water issues across the world, but specifically the gap that is growing between supply and demand.

As college students, we not only have a responsibility to be aware of the amount of water we consume but also spend a lot of unnecessary money.  By taking a look at how we consume water, we might be able to curb our overuse and fatten our wallets at the same time.

Let’s first talk about bottled water.  According to Mother Nature Network, an average bottle of water (20 oz for $1) costs around $.05 an ounce.  Compared to municipal water that usually costs less than $.01 per gallon, the choice is simple.

I suggest buying a water bottle that can be reused such as a Nalgene bottle or a Klean Kanteen.  Both companies use safe materials and don’t contribute to the excess waste that bottled water does.

Another place to save money is in the shower.

The Frugal Life claims that almost 30% of the water used in a home is in the shower.  That means that if you decrease your water usage in the shower by just half, you could save 15% on your water bill without changing anything else in your home.

Think about buying a “low-flow” showerhead to start with.  Older showerheads can use 5-10 gallons of water a minute which add up quick.  It’s good to check the flow in your shower to know how much you are actually spending.

Companies like EcoFlow provide alternatives that will save you a lot of money over time.  Many of their models dip well below the federal standard of 2.5 gpm.

See how much money that can save you over time using their Water Savings Calculator.

Hopefully some of these tips will help your bills get smaller and your wallet get bigger.  See you next week.


April 9, 2010 - Posted by | Living Cheap | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Also, if you buy a water filter, you could eliminate having to buy bottled water all together. Some people don’t like the filtered water taste compared to bottled water, but I don’t mind it. It saves money in the long run.

    Comment by thereandback207 | April 10, 2010 | Reply

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  3. At my apartment the kitchen faucet is a problem. You have to be careful of making sure you press down all the way, and it often sticks. I’ve come downstairs quite a few times to see a tiny bit of water flowing from the sink and roommates nowhere to be seen.

    Comment by brittanynelson | April 11, 2010 | Reply

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