Ways to Reduce Your Water Consumption this Holiday Season
Save money with these helpful water conservation tips
Did you know the average Canadian uses 329 litres of water every day which is second only to the US and twice as much as Europeans use. This festive season, especially if you have extra guests in your house you may be concerned about the impact on your water bill. We must reduce our water consumption not only to save money on our water bill, but also to save this valuable natural resource. We have some great suggestions for reducing your water usage so you save money and give the planet something to be merry about this holiday season.
- Check your plumbing fixtures for leaks. A leaking tap can waste up to 75 litres a day. You can check taps for visible leaks. Turn all your taps off and go outside to check if the meter is still running to see if you have any leaking pipes.
- Be sure to insulate all your pipes before the colder weather sets in. This not only saves money on heating your water, it also prevents burst pipes.
- Get a rain barrel to collect water from your downspouts. Use this water for the garden, to wash your car and to clean your windows.
- Fill the sink with water and wash all your fruits and vegetables at once, rather than holding each item under a running tap.
- Steam vegetables rather than boiling them. Not only is steaming healthier, but it only uses a couple of inches of water rather than a full pot. Use your vegetable water for making gravy.
- When draining pasta, save the water for your plants.
- Defrost in the fridge, rather than running frozen items under hot water.
- It takes about 7,000 litres of water to produce a single pound of beef. By instituting one vegetarian meal a week, you will drastically cut your water consumption.
- Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full which shouldn’t be a problem with all your holiday guests!
- Bathing is far more wasteful than showering, so opt for showers whenever possible. Reducing your shower time by one minute can save you 63,800 litres per year! Buy a timer for your shower that helps your family to stick within their shower time limits.
- If you turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, you will save 7000 litres of water a year.
- Place a bucket in the shower to catch the water you usually waste while waiting for it to get warm. Use this water for your house plants.
- Use low-flow taps and showerheads.
- Place a float booster or a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to ensure that you use less water with every flush.
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