You must realize that we are very lucky to live in Ontario with its abundant supply of fresh water. But, potable water supplied to our homes is something that should be conserved. You will be doing your part to preserve this valuable resource and save money on your water bill at the same time. The water charge is not an insignificant amount on your monthly utility bill.
- Do not leave the water running while you brush your teeth. It is a small saving but will get you in the right frame of mind to conserve water.
- A shower uses a lot less water than a bath. Limit your time in the shower. This is not the place to relax as the money flows down the drain.
- Upgrade the shower head to a low flow model. Some of these heads are so poorly designed that the water barely reaches your body so choose wisely.
- Do not run the dishwasher when it is half full of dishes. Wait until you have a full load.
- Wait until you have a full load of clothes to start your washer. You can also adjust the water level to the load size. Do not overload the washer as the clothes will not wash well and it is very hard on the clutch in the washing machine. If your clothes are very wet after the spin cycle, you most likely already have a worn clutch. This will increase the cost of drying the clothes.
- The toilet is a major source of water usage in the home. Consider upgrading to a water saving model with the dual flush handles.
- You should be reasonable in watering the lawn and garden. Think of drought-stricken countries as the water flows down the lawn onto the driveway.
You can review your water bills as a scorecard for your water conservation efforts. It is a family project.