Water Saving Tips
- Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or shaving; only use water when you need to rinse.
- Reduce the time you spend in the shower – even if it is just a minute or two.
- Turn off the shower when you are shampooing.
- If you use the tub, bathe in only a few centimetres of water instead of a full tub.
- Use the dishwasher only when there is a full load.
- Do not pre-rinse dishes – most modern dishwashers do not require this step.
- When washing by hand, use a basin to rinse dishes instead of using running water.
- Pour yourself a drink of cold water from a pitcher from the fridge instead of running the tap.
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a partially filled sink instead of rinsing them under running water. Laundry Room:
- Wash clothes only when there is a full load.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to remove debris from your driveway or sidewalk.
- Bathe your pets outdoors in areas that need water.
- Install a shut-off nozzle on your water hose; a garden hose left running can waste up to 20 litres per minute.
- Water your lawn and gardens once a week.
- Follow an odd-even watering schedule.
- Water in the morning or late evening to avoid evaporation during the heat of the day.
- When watering your lawn, ensure the spray does not reach your sidewalk or driveway.
- Use drip irrigation for trees and shrubs. Direct downspouts towards shrubs and trees.
- Use mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation.
- Allow your grass to grow slightly taller to promote water retention in the soil.
The most important water saving tip is to regularly check for leaks around your home. A leaking toilet or faucet can cost you hundreds of dollars a year.