Did you know that the average Canadian uses over 300 litres of water per day? In fact, Canada has one of the highest individual water consumption rates in the world. Crazy, isn’t it? Some may think we’re very hydrated individuals and others would hope we’re taking action to reduce our consumption. Here are a few simple and easy changes you can implement in your home that will help you save water, money and the planet at the same time.Did you know that your bathroom accounts for up to half of all the water usage in your home?
Older toilets can use up to 13 to 20 litres with each flush. That’s right… each flush! New, energy-efficient and dual-flush toilets use as little as 4.8 litres. If it’s time to replace your toilet, check out our blog for Expert Advice on choosing a water efficient model that doesn’t make you flush away your hard earned dollars!
It’s also a good idea to check for and repair leaks. A simple way to see if you have a leaky toilet is to add a few drops of food colouring to your toilet tank and then check the bowl after about 15-30 minutes. If you have colour in the bowl, you have a leak. Fixing the leak can easily be done by installing a new toilet flapper. A dripping faucet or showerhead is easy to fix by adding a rubber washer.
Another way to reduce water consumption is to switch to low-flow faucets and showerheads, if possible. Adding aerators to faucets will also help lower water usage. Try taking shorter showers, and remember to turn off water when brushing your teeth or when shaving.
Water consumption in the kitchen is about 15% of your total indoor water usage. As always, think about how long you’re running the tap and shut off the water when you don’t need it. For dishwashing by hand, partially fill one sink for washing and the other for rinsing, rather than running the tap to rinse. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge, so you don’t have to run the tap to wait for the water to get cold.
A dishwasher can use up to 40 litres of hot water per cycle. If you’re ready to replace yours, new Energy Star® rated models, use way less water than older models and offer many efficient water-saving features. Remember to scrape food scraps off plates, instead of rinsing, before putting them in the dishwasher and only run it when you have a full load.
To be more water conscious with your laundry, only wash full loads or use the appropriate water-level selection. Keep in mind that washing your clothes in cold water also helps save on energy costs. Pre-treating stains is a great way to avoid having to wash clothing twice. If your washer is ready for replacement, new water-efficient Energy Star® certified models use only about 50% of the water used by standard models.
Reducing the amount of water you use in your home doesn’t have to be difficult. It becomes natural when everyone in the family is aware of its importance and how much you’re using and wasting. By making a few simple changes in your behaviour, fixing leaks, and replacing water-guzzling fixtures and appliances when the time comes, you’ll save water, save money, and help save the planet at the same time! Win-win for everyone!