8 Free Ways to Save Water in the Basement


by Peter Speckner, Communications Coordinator

The average person living in the Region of Waterloo uses 200 litres of water a day so our regional government created an online self-audit called the WET Challenge. It is part of an effort to lower the average amount of water used per person to 165 litres.

Here are eight ways you can conserve water in your basement–without spending a single cent. In fact, using these tips can save you money and help the environment.

1  Turn water softeners off while on vacationfull washing machine

2  Use your clothes washer for only full loads
Clothes washers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation. This can save up to 3,000 litres a month. For partial loads, adjust water levels to match the size of the load.

3  Do not use extra rinse
If your washing program is set to use extra rinse, this will obviously use more water than necessary.

cold water knobThe purpose of extra rinse is to ensure the fabric softener is completely removed for the benefit of people with sensitive skin.

4  Washing clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color

softener inspection5  Use water softeners sparingly
Save water and salt by running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary to maintain water softness.

6  Avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an added 20 liters

7  Use cotton wash instead of synthetic wash
To avoid creasing, synthetic wash programs use fifty per cent more water than cotton washes.

8  If washing lightly soiled clothes, use the suds-saving feature if it’s available on your washing machine
This saves the wash water to be reused in the next load. Only use this feature, though, if the second load is to be washed right away.

Do you have any tips to share? Any habits that don’t require spending a cent?


1 Comment:

  • By Emily 20 Nov 2016

    Tips for saving water: Seriously consider wearing items of clothing more than once before washing. Most of us don’t get our clothing dirty in a day. Children can wear the same pajamas for more than one night. Daily showers and baths are time consuming and not good for the skin, especially in winter. Hair does not need to be washed daily. Use a damp mop instead of a wet mop for washing floors.

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