5 Tips for new homeowners on saving water
Recently moved into a “new to you” home? Here’s the second in a week long series on things you can do to improve your home’s sustainability.
by Peter Speckner, Communications Coordinator
- Check all toilets and under-sink plumbing for leaks or constant running
The toilet tank flapper is the first and most common item on a toilet to fail. A slow leak can waste up to 100L per day, while a loud, large leak can waste almost 300L per day. Leaking plumbing will also waste money, but can also cause water damage to everything around it.
- Change the schedule of your water softener’s regenerating to only when it is needed
Most water softeners are set to a default schedule of once/day when they’re installed, and people don’t change that. At 300-600L per regeneration, it is wise to reschedule it to when it is actually needed (usually every 3-4 days), depending on usage.
- Install water-saving fixtures
You might be surprised at the number of water-saving bathroom accessories that are available now. A toilet that’s labeled as a high-efficiency can save a family of four as much as 64,000 litres of water per year. Even small, inexpensive changes, such as the switching out the faucet aerators in your sinks, can have a significant impact.
- Don’t wash your car at home – use a car wash
Washing your car at home uses a lot of water, and the cleaner used is most likely not good for the environment (it will eventually end up in the storm sewer). Most car washes filter and reuse their water, and prevent chemicals from going down the drain.
- Plant drought-resistant native plants and mulch flower beds
Outdoors in the summer months can be a huge strain on water usage, but it doesn’t have to be. Plan your landscaping accordingly by planting shrubs, flowers and trees that don’t require as much water. In addition, place mulch around them. The mulch won’t only make your landscaping look nice, but it will also help the plants retain more moisture.
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