Tips - Indoor Conservation 

  • Use your water meter to test for hidden leaks. Record the water meter reading in the late evening and again in the early morning, when no water-using appliances are operating. Compare the readings to determine if there was any water leakage over that period. If the meter indicates water use during the night, track down the source and have it repaired.
  • Locate the master water shut-off valve in your home. It is essential to know where this valve is to turn it off in the event of a catastrophe or a burst water pipe. If you can't locate it you could experience flooding and property damage. The most common locations in your house or apartment are where the water supply pipe enters your home, near your clothes washer hook-up, or near your water heater. Be sure to show everyone in the family where it is.
  • If you have a fish tank in your home, use the dirty water on your houseplants. It's rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, which gives you a nice fertilizer while you use the same water twice.
  • You will notice savings on your water bill if you replace your standard faucet aerators with low-flow faucet aerators. Standard aerators can use up to 16L of water per minute. A low-flow version can cut water use by half or more. Aerators are inexpensive and widely available at plumbing and hardware supply stores. 
  • Consider purchasing high efficiency appliances that are customizable to your needs. They are more water and energy-efficient than older appliances, and will be cheaper to operate in the long-term.

 

Bathroom

  • Don't let the water run when you brush your teeth or when washing your face.
  • Instead of shaving with the water running, use a stopper in the sink for adequate razor rinsing. This way you will be using 2L of water rather than 4L per minute.
  • Test your toilet by putting 10 drops of food colouring in the tank. Don't flush for 15 minutes. If the coloured water shows up in the bowl, the tank is leaking.
  • Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket. Water will be saved by throwing items like tissues, gum wrappers, cigarette butts, spiders, diapers and other bits of trash into a wastebasket instead of a toilet.
  • Most toilets use much more water than is necessary. The most effective way to reduce the amount of water used for flushing toilets is to replace existing high water use toilets with an Ultra-Low-Flush 4.8L toilet or a Dual Flush Toilet. These toilets are specially designed to function with only 6L of water per flush instead of the usual 13L or more.
  • If you cannot replace your toilet, you can displace the water in your current tank. To displace the water you can fill a plastic soap or water bottle with pebbles and put them in the tank. Be sure to keep the bottle away from the flushing mechanism. The average home can save 10 or more gallons of water per day this way. 
  • Be conscious of the length of your showers. If you shower in a bathtub, check your use by plugging the tub to see how high the water rises when you're finished. This way you can see if you would use more or less water than if you were to take a bath.
  • To reduce water while showering, install a low-flow showerhead. These heads mix a greater amount of air with the water, reducing water consumption by as much as 65%. They are specially designed to still produce a forceful spray so you will notice little or no difference from your old showerhead.

 

 Kitchen

  • Instead of letting the water run in the sink when you want a cool drink, keep a jug or pitcher cooling in the refrigerator.
  • Use a stopper in the sink when rinsing off vegetables and fruits or washing dishes by hand.
  • Most dishwashers use about 45L of water per run whether the dishwasher is full or not. Be sure to make the most out of each cycle by washing a fully loaded dishwasher.
  • There is really no need to fully wash dishes before loading in the dishwasher. Just scrape off food scraps and rinse. Let the machine do the rest. 
  • Designate one glass for your drinking water each day. This will cut down on the number of times you run your dishwasher.
  • Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  • Insulate hot water pipes so you don't have to run as much water to get hot water to the faucet.
  • Select the proper size pans for cooking. Large pans require more cooking water than may be necessary.

 

Laundry Room

  • Most washing machines use 151L of water or more whether the machine is full or not. Save up for a full load to make the most out of each cycle. Alternatively, adjust settings on your washing machine for a smaller load. 
  • Recycle final rinse water as pre-rinse water for subsequent cycles in laundry machines.
  • If you’re looking to replace your current washing machine, look for a high-efficiency front loading model instead of a top-loading one. Front loaders use 1/3rd the water used by a standard top-loading machine, and they’re able to wring out more water in the spin cycle. This means further energy savings when drying your clean clothes. Front-loading machines will recoup their costs in the long-run through their water and energy savings.

 

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