The average Canadian household is among the biggest consumers of water in the world.

We use, on average, 333 litres per person per day. That’s about twice as much as people in France or the United Kingdom!

A significant percentage of that consumption comes from wasted water.

By reducing or even eliminating wasting of water, we can save money and help our environment. There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.

Here are a few tips on how you can make your home more environmentally friendly.

  1. Check all toilets and faucets in your home.
    A leaking faucet is easy to see, but a toilet leak can be detected by adding a colouring agent to the water tank (i.e. instant coffee). If after 10-15 minutes the water in the bowl changes colour, then you have a leak.
    Statistics says, that up to 7% of water consumption comes from leaking faucets and toilets.
  2. Replace old toilets.
    Old toilets use up to 20 litres of water per flush. A new generation toilet uses only 6 litres.
    This makes a big difference. On top of helping conserve water, you can also get some cash back for your upgrade. Most municipalities offer a refund of up to $80 for upgrading your toilet.
    An additional benefit of a low volume flush toilet is no overflow. The bowl capacity exceeds 6 litres, so your toilet will not overflow, if it ever clogs.
  3. Replace shower head with a water saving model. It can reduce up to 40% of water usage.
  4. Collect rainwater in barrels.
    Install water barrels on downspouts to collect rainwater for outdoor use. This significantly cuts your need to use the municipal water to sustain your garden. You can find many designs of barrels that will compliment your backyard.

The average household wastes up to 16 000 gallons of water per year waiting for hot water!
If you are waiting for hot water from your faucet more than 20 sec, then you should think about installing an “Instant Hot Water System”. No extra piping required.

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