Eco-Friendly Plumbing Tips for at Home

August 15th, 2013 · No Comments · by

Saving on water (and energy) is important, and is something we’re passionate about promoting. Oftentimes just updating some of your equipment around the home can save you a trip from plumbers in Toronto, or fixing a problem can result in saving a lot of water and energy – which is good for us and the environment.

Eco Friendly Plumbing Tips to Conserve Water

Here’s Some of The Ways You Can Make Your Own Home More Eco-Friendly

  • Installing a low-flow toilet can result in 30% less litres of water per flush. Considering that toilets represent about 30% of your household water usage (second only to the shower), this is significant water conservation.
  • Installing a low-flow showerhead can result in 50% less litres of water per shower. On average, a 5 minute shower with a regular showerhead will use 100 litres of water, while a 5 minute shower with a low-flow showerhead will only use 35 litres of water. A good quality low-flow showerhead will feel just the same as a regular one, too, so the choice is pretty clear.
  • A partially-filled bath saves more water than a short shower. A comfortable bath only takes about 150 litres of water, while a shower uses 11-20 litres of water per minute (Health Canada). That means that if you’re going to take a shower for about 10 minutes or more, it’s more economical and you’ll save more water if you take a partial bath.
  • A leaky faucet can waste up to 75 litres of water per day (that’s half your bath from above). Keep an eye out for leaks and have them fixed sooner rather than later.
  • A running toilet can waste up to 750 litres of water per day! That’s a lot of water and no laughing matter. See our previous post on how to know if your toilet is running here.
  • Consider purchasing a tankless water heater, which in some cases can save you up to 40% on energy for hot water.
  • Keep an eye out for hidden plumbing leaks around and outside the house. Up to 30% of water entering supply-line systems is lost to leaking pipes. See our previous post on how to identify hidden plumbing leaks. Make sure to give your local Toronto plumber (that’s us) a call if you notice anything.

More Tips to Conserve Water:

  • When rinsing fruits and vegetables, don’t use running water. Fill a small bowl with water to rinse them in instead.
  • Turn the water off when you’re brushing your teeth, and only use short bursts to rinse.
  • Use aerators on your taps to reduce the flow but make it seem like there’s just as much.
  • Clean your sidewalks and driveway with a broom, not a hose.

DID YOU KNOW – that urban Canadians use about twice as much water per capita as urban residents in just about all other industrialized counties except the United States? That should be reason enough for us to be concerned and motivated to make some changes.

Hope this gives you some insight into how important it is to conserve water and energy, and what you can do to help.

– DrainWorks Team

Sources: Environment Canada & Health Canada.

 

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