4 Ways to Conserve Water Usage at Home
Year-round, particularly during the summer, we consume massive amounts of water. This isn’t ideal, considering that the average Ottawa annual water bill for a private residence is over $400. However, there are ways to lower your water consumption and save those precious drops for when they are most needed.
Efficient Pool And Hot Tub Systems
If you have a swimming pool or hot tub, expect those water bills to skyrocket if you’re not careful. By upgrading from old pumps to more energy efficient ones, you’ll not only conserve energy but also need to circulate water less thanks to modernized and more effective equipment. Proper insulation and coverings will help fight evaporation, which means that you’ll have to take in less water to refill. For pools, a key addition to your aquatic lifestyle is a pool timer. This highly important device will only allow for pumps to function when the water needs to be circulated.
Don’t Use The Toilet As A Garbage Can
Not arguing against for when you “have to go”, per se, but otherwise flushing tissues, cigarette butts and small bits of waste better suited for disposal elsewhere is something you need to avoid. Each time any toilets in your home are flushed and have to refill themselves, they waste 5-7 gallons of water. Try to add up in your head how many times a day your toilets are typically flushed, and you’ll understand how this can easily snowball into a major contributor towards water wastage and high bills.
Check For Plumbing Leaks Regularly
Small drips from a worn faucet washer, for example, can waste a whopping 20 gallons of water daily, so it is imperative that you address any and all plumbing leaks on a regular basis. Otherwise, you will never be able to control how much water your home consumes. Larger leaks can also form over time, and this is where the biggest financial danger lies, as they can dump hundreds of gallons of water daily. Don’t be afraid to contact a reputable plumbing technician for a more thorough inspection if need be.
Minimize Water Usage At Sinks, and Install Aerators
Most of us do the same thing; we let the tap run while cleaning and rinsing the dishes. Avoid this, and be frugal with the water flow as you work. Flick the tap on when ready to rinse, and turn it off again when not in use. The same rules apply to when brushing teeth, shaving, or performing other similar tasks. The less you let the taps continue to pour, the less water you are literally dumping away. Fitting household faucets with low-flow aerators can help to further reduce consumption by preventing faucets from using more than 2.5 gallons per minute.
Through the application of consumption-minded habits and making some appropriately efficient changes around the house, you’ll find it relatively easy to lower your annual water consumption. Dry up those bills by making water waste prevention a habit.