How to Save Water at Home – Top 7 Ways – Updated for 2020
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 , Posted by Bradhaw Plumbing
We use water every day. Many of us use it without thinking. Sometimes we can get wasteful with our water use. According to the Government of Canada, the average daily water use per household is 251 litres per person as of 2011. The most recent stats by Statistics Canada has found this number has dropped even more in 2013. The average daily use of potable water per person is 223. Newfoundland uses the most water, Alberta uses the least, and Ontario uses the fifth least in the country.
Where do we use the most water? The toilet, shower, faucets, and washing machine make up the highest percentage of water use in homes.
Even though residential water usage is on the decline, there is still a lot we can do at home to save water. We’ve put together this list of 10 effective ways to save water at home:
- Don’t waste it unnecessarily: Use every drop of water. If you pour a glass of water to drink, use it all. Don’t turn on the tap until you need the water. Look for ways to repurpose water so you don’t just let it run down the drain.
- Install a low flow toilet: The toilet uses the most water in your home. Install low flow toilets in your bathrooms to use less water per flush. Also, be conscious of how many times per day you are flushing.
- Take a shorter shower: We all love a nice warm shower. But, spending too much time washing up can waste a significant amount of water. Try to cut your shower time down to a couple of minutes. Install a low flow shower head to save even more water.
- Shut off the tap: One of the biggest water wasters is leaving the tap running. It’s a tough habit to break, but if you do, you can save a lot of water and lower your water bill. Whether you are washing the dishes, brushing your teeth, shaving, or even washing your hands, shut off the faucet until you are ready to rise.
- Fill up the washer/dishwater: The clothes washer and dish washer use a considerable amount of water to do a load. So, make it count. Fill up them up to capacity before using them. This will help you get the most out of each load. And, you’ll be able to run them less. Switch to a high efficiency solutions when it comes time to replace your units.
- Get a rain barrel: Rain barrels are one of the most effective ways to capture water without having to turn the tap on. Rain water is ideal for watering your garden and plants.
- Check for leaks: Leaks are a big source of water loss. A leaky tap that drips throughout the night, a toilet that constantly runs, or even a pipe with a tiny leak will waste a lot of water over time. Check your home for leaks or have a licensed plumber check your home.
A few preventative steps can go a long way to save water and use less.