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Water Conservation Tips
Published: April 1, 2009
By: Dwight Harper

How to save water & money in your kitchen

  • Only use a full dishwasher. Believe it or not, one load of dishes per day uses about 14,500 litres of water a year, Also use the shortest cycle
  • Turn off the rinse water when hand-washing dishes. With two sinks, partially fill both: one with soapy water and the other with rinse water. With one sink, rinse the washed dishes in a pan full of hot water or in a dish rack with a spray
  • Keep your drinking water in the fridge. This saves leaving the tap running while you wait for cold water
  • Install a low-flow aerator on your taps. This reduces water use by 25 %
  • Water should be the only thing that goes down your drain. Use a composter, green bin or garbage for food waste
  • Wash your food in a bowl rather than under a running tap
  • Defrost food in your fridge, not in cold water

Note: A steady drip from your kitchen faucet can waste up to 55 litres of water in just 24 hours.

How to save water & money in the bathroom

  • Replace old toilets with low flush toilets and reduce water usage per flush from 20 litres to 6 litres or less
  • Fix leaking toilets. A leaky toilet can waste up to 200,000 litres of water in a year. (Test for leaks by adding a few drops of food colouring to your tank. If after 15 minutes without flushing, colour shows up in your tank, you have a leak)
  • Install a new water-efficient showerhead. The older showerheads use from 15 to 30 liters of water per minute, while the new ones use less than 10 litres per minute
  • Replace the aerator on your tap with a water-efficient one
  • Don’t run the tap continuously when washing, brushing your teeth or shaving

Note: We use about 50% of our indoor water in our bathrooms.

How to save water & money in the laundry room

  • Purchase a front-loading, high-efficiency washing machine. It uses 40% less water and 60% less energy than a conventional top-loading
  • Only wash a full load of laundry. Use the right water level to match the size of the load. High-efficiency washers automatically adjust the water level to the size of the load.
  • Save on your dry-cleaning bills. Most “dry-clean only” clothes can be washed in a front-loading high-efficiency washing machine
Note: Your laundry room is the 2nd largest water user inside your home.
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