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Water saving tips for homes

There are lots of many ways to save money by using water wisely. Below are some quick and inexpensive ways to reduce water use in your home.

Saving water in the bathroom

Did you know? More water is consumed in the bathroom than all of your other rooms combined. Here are some ways to reduce water use:

  • Use a garbage (eg. facial tissues and tooth floss) for trash instead of the toilet
  • Make sure toilets are not leaking (toilet flappers should be replaced every 2 to 5 years)
  • Install high-efficiency toilets with a flush volume of 4.8 litres or less (toilets use more water than anything else in your home)
  • Replace showerheads with low-flow models (Calgary's Water Utility bylaw requires 9.5 litres per minute (LPM) showerheads for all new construction)
  • Take short showers (a five minute shower with an old showerhead can easily use 100 litres of water)
  • Fill the tub to only halfway when bathing the kids
  • Install 3.8 LPM faucet aerators on all bathroom sink faucets (as per Water Utility bylaw for new construction)
  • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth
  • Check for and repair any fixture leaks regularly (use your water meter to help you)

Saving water in the kitchen

  • Replace your old dishwasher with a newer, low water use dishwasher (newer models will save on your energy bill as well)
  • Use your dishwasher only when you have a full load or run it on a shorter cycle if you must run it when not completely full
  • Scrape, do not rinse the food off of dishes
  • Place vegetables and fruit in a partically filled sink or pot, then rinse them quickly
  • Keep a jug of drinking water in your refrigerator (don't run the tap to get ice-cold water)
  • Check for and repair any fixture leaks regularly (use your water meter to help you)

Saving water in the utility room

  • Replace your old washer with a newer, low water use washer (like dishwashers, newer models will also save you on energy bills)
  • Wash only full loads of laundry
  • Set the water-level appropriately if you must wash a small load of laundry
  • Set your softener for water hardness based on values provided by Calgary Water Services
  • Have your water softener serviced if water drains from the softener when it isn't recycling
  • Service and repair your furnace humidifier if the drainage is leaking or if the water drains out of the line while the humidifier isn't running
  • Check for and repair any fixture leaks regularly (use your water meter to help you)