It’s Canada Water Week and in honour of that we’re bringing you a quick round-up of ways to reduce your water-related impact on the environment – and on your own bottom line. Here are the Ins and Outs of saving money and water at home:
Water used in the bathroom accounts for 65% of total in-home use. That means there are even more ways to save here: start with small but important habits like turning the faucet off when you you’re not using the water or taking shorter showers. Next, install an EPA WaterSense® labelled low-flow shower head or energy-efficient dual flush toilet and watch your use drop by up to half and your annual water bill shed $100 or more! Click here to view full chart on related savings.
Did you know that after heating and cooling, water heaters use the most energy in the home? Simply turning your hot water temperature down to 55°C will save you 6-15% on your energy costs. Upgrading to a solar domestic hot water system or an on-demand hot water system could save you 30-50%!
Use the most efficient settings on your washing machine and dishwasher and watch those associated costs drop! That means lowest possible temperatures and full loads. Another great tip and handy argument to use against that pro-rinsing spouse – no need! New machines are more than capable of getting your dishes clean and a quick scrape into the compost is all that’s required. If your appliances are older energy-guzzlers, consider an EnerGuide upgrade.
Did you know that 50% of all municipally-treated water used up during the summer months is by people watering their lawns and gardens? Collect rainwater to water the flower beds and stick to the municipal watering schedule. Also, please don’t water your driveway and/or sidewalk – and if you do, expect some angry neighbours and perhaps a visit from local bylaw enforcement. Did you know that some municipalities even hand out fines for at-home car washing? Professional car washes use less water and their runoff is regulated.
So many programs across Canada offer rebates and other incentives to homeowners, investors and even renters who want to make some Green changes around home. See our list of those programs here.
Also, check out this illuminating infographic for information on water use as it relates to some unexpected sources.