As Canadians across the country tighten their belts, many are looking for easy ways to reduce costs. One way to reduce your cost of living is to reduce your water bill. Here are 6 things you can do to cut back on water use and waste.
- Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when full
Partial loads use the same amount of water as full loads, and also means you will have to wash more often. Do what you can to ensure that you only use your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full. To avoid unpleasant odors in your dishwasher as you wait to fill it scrape plates before you load them into the dishwasher.
- Change to a low flow shower head
A good low flow showerhead can reduce your shower related water consumption by as much as half. Reduce your consumption further by avoiding baths (which require more water) and avoid taking long showers.
- Check your taps
Leaky taps waste a lot of water. Check that none of yours are leaking and make sure the aerators are working properly and adjusted to a low setting. Aerators are small metal pieces that screw on to the mouth of the tap to regulate water flow.
- Replace your toilet
Old model toilets can use up to 26 liters of water in one flush, with the average older toilet using between 13 and 18 liters per flush. High efficiency toilets use an average of 6 liters per flush, drastically reducing your household’s water consumption. You may also consider getting a dual flush toilet, which lets you select how much water you need based on whether you are flushing liquid waste or solid waste. If you suspect your toilet is leaking you can test it by placing about 10 drops of food colouring in the tank. Wait 10 to 15 minutes without flushing and then check the toilet bowl. If the food colouring has made it into the bowl than you have a leak.
- Reduce outdoor water consumption
Instead of watering your garden and lawn using potable water from your home, collect free rain water in a barrel. Though rain water is not fit for drinking, it can be used to water plants. You may also consider opting for native or drought resistant plants which will require less watering, or trading your lawn for a rock garden.
- Periodically check for leaks
Though leaks may seem like they only waste a small amount of water it can add up quickly. Even a small leak means you are spending money on water you don’t get to use. Check for leaks periodically and either repair them yourself or contact your plumber.
For more information about household water saving tips call Lone Star Plumbing and Heating at 403.295.3028 and visit us today.