How to Save Water in your Home or Condo
Water is our most valuable asset - let’s save together
Making these small changes to the way you consume water will not only help to save one of the earth’s most valuable assets, it will also reduce your monthly expenses. Whether you live in a home or condo, there are many cheap and easy ways to reduce your water consumption.
- You know you should turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, but did you know it could save you six litres of water per minute?
- Check for leaking pipes and taps. You can check for leaks by reading your water metre before you go to work and then again when you get home to see if there is a difference. Dripping taps can waste as much as 15 litres a day or 5,500 litres a year.
- Use a float booster to reduce the amount of water you use with every flush of your toilet. This could save you 37 litres of water or more a day.
- Don’t have a float booster? Make your own by placing a cup of sand or pebbles in the bottom of two 500ml water bottles. Fill with water and place them in your toilet tank. Ensure that they are away from the mechanism so they don’t interfere with flushing. There should be at least enough water in the tank to remove waste with a single flush. If you need two flushes, take one of the bottles out.
- Your toilet is also prone to leaks which you can check by dripping some food colouring into the tank. If the colour seeps through to the bowl, you need to have your toilet fixed.
- Insulate your water pipes to prevent burst pipes when the weather cools and to reduce the amount of water you waste while waiting for it to get hot.
- Put a bucket in the shower to collect water which you would normally waste while it gets to the perfect temperature. Use this water for indoor plants. The same goes for water that you use to rinse pasta or wash veggies.
- Install low-flow fixtures in your home which can cost as little as $10-$20 for a shower head and $5 for a tap aerator. You won’t notice the difference when showering or using the tap, but you will save money.
- Plan your meals ahead of time so you won’t have to thaw items using hot water.
- Avoid using the permanent-press cycle for laundry as it uses an additional 19 litres for an extra rinse.
- Drink water to rehydrate. Processed drinks like soda and juice use a lot of water to produce. For example, it takes 2081 litres of water to produce 1 pound of coconuts for coconut water.
- Keep a jug of drinking water in the fridge so you don’t have to run the tap waiting for the water to cool.
- Do you want to conserve water to save the planet? Eat less red meat, reduce the amount of processed food you eat, opt for car washes and dry cleaners that recycle water.
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