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How to Conserve Water at Home

One thing you can always say about water conservation: there’s never a bad time to practice it. Okay, there’s one more thing you can say about it:  there’s always more that can be done.

Now that we’ve said a mouthful (pun intended), let’s look a few specific water-saving tips you might want to make part of your daily life:

  1. Take shorter showers. Long, hot showers are one of life’s true guilty pleasure, but for every such pleasure, there’s usually a price to be paid. In this case, the “price” is wasted water and energy.
  2. Install water efficient fixtures, like a low-flow showerhead and aerated faucets. A low-flow showerhead can cut water usage by up to 50%.
  3. Washing dark clothes in cold water saves both water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
  4. Don’t your toilet as a wastebasket. Ask your children and guests to abide by the same rule.  prevent your pipes from cracking and bursting come winter. This goes for all pipes in your garage and any other unheated spaces. 
  5. Harvest your excess water. Put a large bucket under the shower while it warms up, and later use that water for your plants, household cleaning and other productive purposes.
  6. Fix those leaky taps. Even a slowly dripping tap can waste up to 20,000 litres a year – water you pay for but never use.
  7. Use your dishwasher and washing machine only to run full loads. Or, if that’s not practical, change the settings to suit the load.

Here’s another tip for water conservation and overall improved plumbing performance:  contact Swan’s Complete Plumbing to schedule a whole-house plumbing inspection.  Following our inspection, we can recommend additional ways to conserve water without sacrificing needed comfort and convenience.