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A mom and her young son are baking in the kitchen. Behind them is a Christmas tree.

The holiday season can be a busy time. With all the festivities, you may find that your water use, and therefore water bill, goes up.

We don’t want your water bill to be another thing you have to worry about this time of year. Here are some tips to help you save time and money this holiday season.

Sign Up for the Cleveland Water Web Portal

Expecting guests? One person uses 80-100 gallons of water each day! Prevent any surprises on your bill by keeping an eye on your water usage with the Cleveland Water web portal.

By creating an account at, you can easily view your actual water usage down to the hour. Knowing how much water you use, as well as when you use it, is an essential step in saving water and therefore costs.

And you can save yourself time by signing up for automatic payments, leak detection alerts, and payment reminders.

Find and Fix Leaks

Holiday guests mean bathrooms and fixtures experience more use, which can make your plumbing more prone to leaks. A leaking toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons per day!

Inspect bathroom fixtures before family and friends arrive or consider upgrading to water-efficient fixtures and appliances. Find tips on how to detect and prevent costly water leaks.

Conserve Water

Preparing for and cleaning up after holiday meals and parties can use much more water than ordinary, everyday use. Running your tap continuously while preparing food or washing dishes can use more than 2 gallons of water every minute!

Reduce your water use by scraping dirty dishes clean instead of rinsing them. You can save 60 gallons weekly by brushing food scraps into the garbage can or composting them instead of rinsing them into the garbage disposal. 

Using a dishwasher saves 5,000 gallons of water per year compared with washing dishes by hand. Run it only when full to save even more. If you don’t have a dishwasher or need to hand-wash certain items, fill the sink with a few gallons of soapy wash water, clean your dishes, and put them aside. Then rinse them all together afterward.

Instead of defrosting frozen foods under running water, defrost overnight in your fridge or use the defrost setting on your microwave. You can save up to 50 gallons of water.

Protect Your Home

Whether you're staying home or going out of town for the holidays, winter weather can cause serious plumbing issues - the last thing you want to worry about during the holidays.

Keep your holidays hassle-free by preventing your pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes can cause expensive, frustrating, and unnecessary damage. Learn how to winterize your plumbing.

If you’re headed out of town, set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees to ensure your home stays warm enough to keep interior plumbing from freezing. Or turn your water off completely using the main valve to minimize the threat of water damage.

Also, consider enrolling in the affordable home protection programs we offer via HomeServe USA.

Affordability, Home Plumbing, Winter