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Reduce your household water and save money too

Did you know that on a per capita basis, Canadians are the second highest water consumers in the world? Although we're blessed with more fresh, clean water than any other country on the planet, it's in our best interest to use it wisely. And as many Canadian homeowners will attest, reducing household water use can also lower your utility bills.

Here are some tips to help you be both environmentally friendly and kind to your pocketbook in the process:

  • Repair any leaking faucets; even a few drips add up over a whole month
  • When running the tap while water heats or cools, capture the excess water for other tasks, such as watering plants
  • Don't let tap water run continuously for simple tasks like brushing your teeth and shaving. A short burst is all that's needed to rinse clean.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and wait until the dishwasher is full before setting it to run; choose the minimum cycle necessary to do the job
  • Replace your outdated bathroom fixtures with a low-flush toilet and/or a low-flow shower
  • Consider growing water-efficient plants and grasses on your property
  • Water your lawn in the evening, when most of the moisture will be absorbed by the grass and not evaporated away by direct sunlight
  • Use sprinkler timers and rain gauges to promote deep root growth and healthier vegetation versus over-watering your lawn and garden
  • Collect downspout water in a rain barrel and use this for watering indoor plants, outdoor planters and your garden

Published Monday, September 24, 2007 10:50 AM by Jordan Epstein


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