It's never been more important to conserve home water, not only for the monthly savings on your household utility bills but also in regards to preserving a valuable resource.
Take some time to learn some savvy home water saving tips in order to do your part, but you can also trust the experts at Watersmart to get you set up and begin implementing them today!
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Top 10 Ways to Save Home Water
In the bathroom, the kitchen, the laundry room and outdoors, there are plenty of practical and meaningful ways to save home water.
Here are 10 of the top tips.
1. Catch that cold shower water
How often do we turn on the shower and let it run in order for the water to heat up? Gallons of home water are wasted in this way, but all that runoff can be put to good use by strategically placing a bucket in the shower to catch it before it goes down the drain.
That cold water can be used in the garden, for potted plants, soaking laundry, washing your hands, or even flushing the toilet!
2. Press pause on the bathroom sink
Did you know home water comes out of the average faucet at 2.5 gallons per minute? A simple way to conserve it is to turn off the faucet after you wet your toothbrush, and leaving it off until it’s time to rinse.
Similarly, you don't need the water to keep running while we scrub our hands; save a few gallons of water by turning the faucet off after you wet your hands until you need to rinse.
3. Let it mellow
This may not be for everyone, but a significant amount of home water can be saved by not flushing the toilet with every usage.
Consider the following argument:
"The average person urinates about 6 times per day, equal to 7.6 gallons flushed. That’s about 2,774 gallons per year to dispose of about 171 gallons of urine. On the other hand, the average person defecates about once per day. If that was the only occasion on which a person flushed, that equals about 584 gallons flushed, saving 2,190 gallons of drinking water. In a household of four, that would be 8,760 gallons saved per year."
Something to think about, but if that's not your cup of tea, consider a low-flush toilet that can be quickly installed by an expert plumber.
4. Skip the pre-rinse
You can save home water by not rinsing plates and bowls before putting them in the dishwasher.
Most new dishwashing appliances now effectively get these clean on a 'normal' program, even when covered in hard-to-remove bits of food. There's no need to waste water by rinsing dishes before you put them in, provided you scrape the food scraps off first.
5. Efficient hand-washing of dishes
For those who hand wash their dishes, the rinsing process dishes can waste a lot of water.
To rinse drinking glasses, wash them first while the sink is still filling and rinse them under the hot running water.
If you have a double sink, fill one halfway with hot clean water and dip anything you think needs a rinse; if you only have one sink at your disposal, you can tip a pot of rinse water over the plates and cutlery as they stand in the dish drainer to get any lingering suds off.
6. Front-loading washing machines
Most front-loading washing machines deliver excellent or very good cleaning while being gentle on your clothes. They typically use half as much water as top-loading washers and spin faster, thereby extracting more water and cutting dryer time.
They tend to be quiet, and many can be stacked with a dryer to save space.
Front-loaders may take longer to wash, but the savings in water and drying time more than balance out the hit on your utility bills.
7. Update faucets and shower heads
By installing a high-efficiency showerhead, you can reduce the amount of home water used in your shower by up to 70 percent.
This can also help decrease energy costs by reducing the amount of water that is heated for use in the shower - and all this after saving the initial running water (see tip No. 1).
On top of that, it's a good idea to install faucet aerators, which limit the flow of home water through the faucet. And in the case of hot water, because less water is used, less heat energy is used. Another win-win.
8. Secure those pipes
There's nothing worse than a slow leak that turns into a big problem. If you notice your water bill going up unexpectedly, chances are there's a problem with your pipes, and you can't afford to ignore it.
Contact a fully insured licensed master plumber for anything from the biggest of jobs to faucet replacements mentioned above.
9. Rain barrel
Overall, the average North American family uses about 107,000 gallons of fresh water every year, much of which is flushed down the toilet or poured into the garden.
If you have space, installing a rainwater harvesting system is a smart move that will help reduce water waste.
Many cities have already rolled out rain barrel programs; For information in your area, contact your municipal officials.
10. Install a water softener
Hard water can drastically affect your water and electricity costs. This refers to the amount of calcium and magnesium in the water, and a water softener removes excess amounts of calcium and magnesium in your home’s water, thereby softening the water.
There are several benefits to installing a water softener.
Hard water will cause your water heater to build up with mineral deposits making the heat exchanger less efficient. As the heat exchanger becomes less efficient, your water heater and your water heating bill will rise.
Using hard water also increases many costs in your home: the amount of dish soap, hand soap, shampoo, and body soap you use in your home; quicker deterioration in your plumbing; quicker deterioration in taps and faucets; more blockages requiring plumber services.
Hard water also increases the costs of your home appliances as it will cause your dishwasher and laundry machines to wear out and need replacing in a shorter amount of time than normal.
Waterloo has a unique water challenge as it has some of the hardest water in all of Canada. Waterloo has a water hardness level of 17-38 grains per gallon in most of the city, versus the national average in Canada of 10.5 grains per gallon. That is 2 to 3 times the average water hardness!
To see exactly how hard the water is in your neighbourhood click here.
Getting the right water softener that can handle the water hardness levels of your water is important to fully eliminate the problems the water in Waterloo can cause.
Basic installation is FREE with the purchase of any new WaterSmart water softener, and you can trust their experts to make sure your home water is running smoothly and efficiently.
At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean and soft water seriously.
If you are looking for soft water, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water.
If you are concerned about your water supply, don't hesitate to contact us immediately.
Trust WaterSmart: we know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.