Finding ways to conserve water at home may be easier than you think, there are many small changes we can make in our daily use to take steps to conserve water. Our water is a valuable source, did you know that very little of the earths water is fresh and able to drink? With this in mind, we need to find other ways to water plants/lawns, washing cars, and running water down drain by leaving our taps running.
Some of the biggest uses of water in our homes is; flushing the toilet, which is approximately 24% of our homes water use, showers and using faucets, which is about 20% each. So how can we reduce our water usages at home?
The city of Toronto offers programs and advice for saving water, visit the Toronto website for more information.
Here are some easy steps you can take:
- Turn taps off when Brushing your teeth or washing your hands
- Don’t flush your toilet after every use
- Fix any leaks in your faucets
- Reduce your shower time and place a bucket under the tap to collect water while waiting for the water to heat up, you can then use this water for flushing toilets and watering plants, you can also install a low flow shower head
- Install a low flush toilet or energy efficient appliances
- Wash your car at a car wash that uses recycled water
- Only run the washing machine or dishwasher if it is full
- Consider installing a rain barrel – you can use this water to water plants and lawns
- Fill up the sink when washing dishes instead of running water to rinse
- Use less electricity – did you know that power plants use 1000’s of gallons of water to cool, by turning off lights and unplugging appliances when not in use you will help to reduces this
- Wash the dog outside instead of indoors, this way you are watering your lawn in the process
These are just a few steps you can take to reduce your water uses, if you have any ideas or ways that you reduce your water use, please contact us, we would like to hear your ideas and keep the conversation going. Saving water means saving money and helping the environment.