- Do I keep my showers under 5-minutes?
- Do I turn the water off when brushing my teeth?
- Do I only run the dishwasher when it is full?
- Do I only run the washing machine with full loads?
- Do I flush the toilet every time it’s used?
By conserving water for just these most common activities, you can save over 2500 gallons of water a month! Considering all the obscure ways to conserve water, not only will you be helping the environment, your utility bill will decrease as well. Coquitlam Plumbing can assist with a full water conservation inspection of your home, providing suggestions to make your home more environmentally friendly.
In the Kitchen
> If you wash your dishes by hand, fill a dishpan or one sink with soapy water for washing and the other sink with clear water for rinsing. Don’t let water run while washing/rinsing dishes; you will be wasting both water and the energy to heat that water! If you only have one sink, use a dishpan filled with soapy water to wash the dishes; either place them in the sink as you wash, rinsing them all at once, or place them in the dish drainer un-rinsed to run clear water over once you’ve finishes washing all dishes.
> Only run the dishwasher with full loads. While using a dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand, that is only true if you run full loads. By rinsing your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher, you will avoid the odors that can otherwise accumulate. Alternatively, run a quick “Rinse” cycle each night until the dishwasher is full to conserve water for rinsing.
> Cold water for drinking – keep a pitcher in the refrigerator, rather than running the tap to chill water.
> Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan or dish of water rather than under a running stream from the faucet. Save this water to use on houseplants.
> Each member of the family should choose one glass each day to minimize dish washing water required.
> Install instant water heater near sink to eliminate running water as it heats from boiler or water heater. This will also eliminate the expulsion of tepid water from the pipe run.
> Measure the flow of your current shower head – if it takes less than 20 seconds to fill a one gallon bucket, change the shower head to a water-efficient model. The water efficient shower heads can save up to 750 gallons of water a month.
> Shortening one shower by one minute will conserve up to 150 gallons of water in a month. Now, if every member of your family were to shorten each shower by just one minute – you do the math! Don’t forget the energy savings for heating the water as well.
> When taking a bath – stop the drain before turning the water on, and allow temperature to adjust as the tub fills.
> Check toilet for water leaks – place a couple drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the water in the toilet bowl changes color, there is a leak between the two.
> Turn off water while brushing teeth to save up to 25 gallons per person per month.
Even if you live alone, the water savings will impact the environment. By adopting a conservation state of mind, your message will pass to those around you. Perhaps consider approaching local schools and businesses to help them enact water conservation measures.