PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With water rates increasing 4% this year, the costs of running a household will easily add up.
Several easy, small changes to water usage from dishwashers to showers and faucets can help save over $100 per year.
These include installing high efficiency aerators to faucets — for as little as $3 — and filling dishwashers to capacity for every cycle.
With just a few tweaks to his home, such as low flow toilets and a water-saving shower head, homeowner Jesse Engum said he saves $10 per month.
“So factoring in natural gas and water expenses i’m thinking it’s about $10 a month, so around $130 every year,” he said.
A water-saving shower head is available free from the City of Portland.
“Devices are well designed to perform well at low flow rates,” said Engum.
Decreased usage through behavior changes and water-saving features also translates into lower sewer bills, because the city determines a household sewer rate based on water consumption.
The city is inviting the public to give input on water rate changes with its first ever City Utility Rate Review Wednesday night at Parkrose High School in Northeast Portland.