8 Ways to Conserve Water at Home

January 24th, 2014 · No Comments · by

Did you know that the majority of your water usage occurs in the bathroom? In Toronto, plumbing can add up to a lot. It’s not surprising when you think about all the activities that take place in your bathroom: using the sink, bath, shower and flushing the toilet. In fact, the toilet alone can account for 30% of your home water use.

Let’s talk about ways to help you conserve water.

  1. If it’s time to replace a toilet, sink, showerhead, consider a “greener version”. Although they have a stigma of being costly, greener versions are not always necessarily more expensive… Especially when you consider that a water-efficient toilet can save you 10-15% on your water bill. Plus, many municipalities across Canada offer valuable rebates, generally ranging from $50 to $200.
  2. installing faucet aeratorIf it’s not time to replace your fixtures or faucet, consider adding a low-flow aerator, the aerator is the screw-on tip of the faucet and it controls the maximum water flow rate. In the bathroom, aerators can restrict the flow from 1.5 to 0.5 galons per minute down from 2.5 gpm.

    Ultimately, this makes it feel like you’re getting stronger pressure when you’re actually using less water (win-win!)

  3. Use a low-flow showerhead. These can cut water usage by 25-60%. Chose one with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm.
  4. If it’s time to get a new toilet, invest in a dual-flush toilet. That way you have two options for flushing, a low-flow flush (for number 1) and a stronger flush (for number 2)
  5. In addition, try to only flush when necessary, and dispose of diaper wipes, tissues, sanitary products, paper towels and cat litter in the waste basket – not in your toilet
  6. Conserve the water by turning off the faucet when you’re actively brushing your teeth, turning off the shower when you’re washing your hair, etc. It’ll save water and build character!

Building Character

  1. So much water gets wasted while you wait for it to heat up, before you jump in the shower or wash your face. It’s not a bad idea to gather this water in a bucket and use it around the house. You can use it to water plants, add water to the kitty bowl, use it to fill up your coffee maker, etc.
  2. Continuing from above, you can also use this collected and unused water to deodorize and unclog congested pipes. Just boil the water, then add a cup of vinegar and pour it down your tub drain.

Just remember, it’s great to do it yourself, but you also want to make sure you’re doing things right the first time. If you need help with plumbing installations or have any sort of general plumbing need, give your local Toronto plumbers a call!

Thanks for reading,

DrainWorks

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