Planet Earth is three-quarters water, but only 1% of that liquid is available as fresh drinking water. With water becoming a finite resource it’s important to remember that there are things you can do at home to save water. Follow these five easy water saving tips to maximize your savings and help the planet by using less.
Turn the water off when you brush teeth or shave. Limit shower times to five minutes as often as you can. Collect cold water from the shower head while you’re waiting for it to warm up and use it to water plants, clean the house, or cool off pets.
Laundry and Dishes
When washing a load of laundry make sure you’re washing a full load on a cold cycle. Cold cycles save the colour of your clothes and use less energy and water. Always do a full load of dishes in the dishwasher.
When installing new appliances and facets purchase “water smart” products. Shower heads are some of the most well-known water-saving products. When they first appeared on the market, they offered very low flow pressure. However, they now provide maximum pressure while using less water. Low flow toilets are another great investment for homes.
Check pipes and faucets around your home for leaks and repair problems immediately. In the meantime, catch leaking water in a large bowl or bucket for use in the garden.
Properly insulating water pipes in your home can both protect them from freezing and get hot water faster to your shower, tub, or sink.
Reducing water use helps preserve an important resource and lowers your utility bill. For more information about saving water in your home, call Dr. Duct for help. We’re available at (613) 845-0707 for more information.