According to the City of Calgary the average Calgarian uses 7000 liters of water every month, and the cost can add up quickly. Here are 7 ways you can reduce your water consumption so you can lower your water bill and help the environment.
- Update your toilet
The average toilet uses over 13 liters of water per flush, making it one of the biggest water users in your home. To reduce water usage you might consider switching to a low flush or dual flush toilet. Dual flush toilets let you choose the amount of water you need, either a full flush or a half flush, depending on what needs to be flushed away. Low flush toilets only have one flush setting, but reduce the amount of water used per flush by approximately half.
- Fix all your leaks
When water leaks out of your taps and pipes it causes money to leak out of your wallet at the same time. Instead of paying for water you don’t even use, fix all your leaks and leak-proof your pipes as much as possible.
- Insulate your pipes
By insulating your pipes you can not only reduce the amount of energy it takes to heat water in your home but can also reduce the amount of water you use. Instead of running the tap and waiting for hot water, the water will now heat up faster, reducing your wait time.
- Keep cold water on hand
Instead of running the kitchen tap until it gets cold, fill a jug with water and keep it in the fridge. This way you will always have cold water on hand. Add some lemon, lime or cucumber for a refreshing twist.
- Evaluate your water heater
An inefficient water heater wastes energy heating your water and causes you to have to run the tap longer before the water gets warm. If you get a tank-less water heater then it only heats water as you need it, instead of heating water and storing it in a tank. Water that sits loses its heat and needs to be constantly reheated until it is used, wasting energy.
- Water saving taps and shower head
Most people are not conscious of how much water flows out of their taps and shower heads. By purchasing water saving devices you reduce the amount of water that flows from taps and shower heads, saving you money and reducing water consumption.
- Be conscious of water use
By being mindful of your water usage you can drastically reduce your water bill. Take shorter showers, only run the washing machine and dishwasher when they are full and turning the tap off while you are brushing your teeth or soaping your hands can reduce your water consumption drastically.
For more water saving tips, or to enquire about making your home more water efficient call Lone Star Plumbing and Heating today at 403.295.3028 and visit lonestarplumbing.ca.
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