16 Ways to Save Water this Summer

Save Water and Money with these Handy Tips

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Save Water and Money with these Handy Tips

This spring is set to be a dry one and farmers are expecting lower than normal rainfall levels. Water is one of our most precious resources and you can protect our natural water supplies and save money by reducing your usage. Start by using the Scotiabank Home Savings Calculator to see how you can reduce your monthly water bills, and implement these water-saving practices.

In the Home

  1. Don’t be a drip—fix that tap! A leaky tap wastes about  15 litres of water a day—that’s an incredible 5,500 litres of water a year! Ensure that there are no hidden leaks in your plumbing system by checking the meter before you leave for work and on your return to see if any water has been consumed in your absence.
  2. Inspect your toilet for leaks by putting a couple of drops of food colouring into the cistern. If the colour appears in the bowl after a few minutes, you know you have a leak.
  3. Use a cistern displacement device to reduce the amount of water your toilet uses with every flush by about 1 litre which saves you 5,000 litres a year. Don’t have a cistern displacement device? Simply fill a water bottle with water and place it in your cistern.
  4. Low-flow toilets, taps and showerheads reduce the amount of water you use. These fixtures conserve water by using a higher pressure so you still get the same flow.  
  5. Keep a jug of fresh drinking water in your fridge so you don’t have to run the tap waiting for the water to cool.
  6. Choose the most efficient cycle on your washing machine and avoid wasteful ones. For example, the permanent press cycle, which has an extra rinse, uses an additional 18 litres of water.
  7. Keep a bucket near the kitchen sink and in the bathroom. Every time you are running the tap to wait for water to cool or to heat, collect the waste water for use in the garden or to water your houseplants.
  8. Cleaning your fish tank? That water is rich in nutrients and perfect for your plants.

In the Yard

  1. A layer of organic mulch in your garden will prevent evaporation and you won’t have to water quite so often. It also prevents weeds from growing which makes your gardening easier.
  2. Water early in the morning or late in the evening to reduce the amount of evaporation that occurs.
  3. Collect rainwater in barrels or buckets which you can place at the bottom of your downspouts.
  4. Redirect your downspouts to your garden with plastic gutter extensions which are available at your local hardware store.
  5. Collect water you use when washing your fruits and veggies and use it to water your garden.
  6. Opt for indigenous varieties of plants which are suited to the natural rain patterns of your area. Plants that occur naturally where you live won’t require as much watering.
  7. Wash your dog outside on an area of the lawn that needs water.
  8. When installing a lawn, consider grass varieties that suit the natural rainfall in your area and opt for a smaller lawn that won’t need as much mowing or watering.

Implementing as many of these tips as you can will help you to save water and reduce your monthly bills. An added bonus is that many provinces offer rebates and incentives for home and condo owners who take water-saving measures. Find your local incentives here.

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