8 Tips for Reducing Water Usage at Home

8 Tips for Reducing Water Usage in Your Home

You must realize that we are very lucky to live in Ontario with its abundant supply of fresh water. However, potable water supplied to our homes is something that should be conserved. You will be doing your part to preserve water as a valuable resource and save money on your water bill at the same time. Water charges are not an insignificant amount on your monthly utility bill, so it is a good idea to be aware of water consumption at home. ­

8 Tips to Help Conserve Water at Home

  1. Do not leave the water running while you brush your teeth. It may seem like small savings but will get you in the right frame of mind towards water conservation. ­
  2. Having a shower uses a lot less water than a bath. ­ Limit your time in the shower. By making showers quick you will conserve water instead of having money flow down the drain. ­
  3. Upgrade your shower head to a low­-flow model. Some of these shower heads are poorly designed and lack water pressure. You may find that during a shower the water barely reaches your body; so choose wisely. ­
  4. Do not run the dishwasher when it is only half full of dishes. Wait until you have a full load. ­This tip conserves water by running your dish washer half as much. 
  5. When doing laundry wait until you have a full load of clothes to start your washing machine. Many washing machine models allow you to adjust the water level according to the load size. Do not overload your washing machine as clothes will not wash well and it is very hard on the washing machine clutch. If your clothes are very wet after the spin cycle, you most likely already have a worn out clutch. This will increase the cost of drying clothes. ­
  6. The toilet is a major source of water usage at home. Consider upgrading to a water saving model with the dual flush handles. ­
  7. Reasonably water your lawn and garden(s). Consider using a watering barrel that collects rain water which can be used for watering gardens and lawns. 
  8. You can review your water bill as a scorecard for your water conservation efforts. Make it a family project!

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