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Stop drowning in water bills

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Kelsey Hubbard is a freelance broadcast journalist based in Connecticut. She is a former host of ABC News’ Money Matters and was a longtime host and reporter for The Wall Street Journal’s daily video business news shows.

Drowning in bills? Why not take a close look at your water usage? Leaky faucets and thirsty gardens can suck water out of your tank, and money from your wallet.

Yet a few simple changes can cut your water bill by about $25 each month, leaving you an extra $300 to spend on new plants at the end of a year.

There’s a feel-good factor, too. Any changes you make will also save on waste. Researchers warn that without significant conservation, the world is facing an “insurmountable water crisis” by 2040, according to Denmark’s Aarhus University, the Vermont Law School and the US Centre for Naval Analyses. 

To learn how the British have saved hundreds on their bills and how Californians are actually being paid for saving water, click ‘play’ on the arrow above.