There are many simple ways to help conserve water, and reduce your water utility bill as well! A little can go a long way!
1. Do you have an estimate of how much water you currently use?
Home Water Works has an online tool that can help! Click the image to the right!
Mr. Rooter also has a Water Waste Calculator that can help you estimate water waste and learn how much water you could be saving.
2. Are there areas within your home or business where you could consider using less water?
- When washing dishes by hand, do not let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water, and the other basin with rinse water.
- Use the dishwasher. Dishwashers typically use less water and energy today than washing by hand.
Use one water glass, reducing the need to wash more dishes.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while scraping them.
- Use garbage disposals minimally. Try composting - it has many other benefits too.
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water instead of running the water to wash them; use this water to water plants within your house too!
- Running water to defrost food uses a lot of water. Try to think ahead and defrost in the fridge, or fill a small amount in the bottom of the sink with hot water and let sit until thawed.
- Match the amount of water you are using to the size of your laundry load (i.e. if the washing machine is a 1/4 full, use the appropriate setting).
- Cold water washing saves energy and water, and it also helps to keep your colours bright!
- When purchasing a new washer, look for machines that are energy and water saving.
- Consider buying a low-flow shower head from local retail stores. Low flow shower heads use almost half the water of a standard shower head.
- Take shorter showers, or turn the water off when washing your hair.
- Turn the water off when you are lathering up your hands with soap.
- Consider installing low-flush toilets in your bathrooms.
- An alternative to installing a low flush toilet is displacing the water by placing a 2 L plastic milk jug filled water in the toilet tank.
- Test your toilet for leaks (at least once per year) Tip: if you put food coloring in your toilet tank and it enters the bowl without flushing, you have a leak!
- If taking a bath, plug the drain before turning on the water, adjust the temperature of the water while the tub is filling up OR collect the running water while you wait for the hot water to start; use it for your plants or garden.
- While brushing your teeth, remember to turn the water off when not in use.
- Ensure faucets are turned off tightly. If you have a leak and they are tight, consider having it fixed.
- Monitor your water bill, if you notice it is unusually high, you could potentially have leaks. You can use eUtility.
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