Follow these water survival tips to help you save money and the environment.
You can’t run forever. Neither should hoses. Sprinklers aren’t necessary every day. To stay healthy and green, your lawn only needs 2.5cm of water per week. Every drop after that is water that could have been used for something else.
Hoses waste water when the day is hotter. Midday heat from the sun can evaporate hose water before it reaches the grass. Want to make every drop count? Water your lawn when it’s cooler, early in the morning or late in the evening.
Drive your car away to keep hoses at bay. It’s better to visit a carwash than to hose down your car in the driveway. Not only do carwashes use less water, they also do a great job of controlling runoff so less detergent reaches our storm system.
Hoses leakwater. Deny their supply? When you’re done using your hose, don’t just toss it aside. To prevent leaks and conserve water, make sure the outdoor faucet the hose is attached to is turned off completely.
Don’t get hosed while you sleep. While you’re sleeping, your hose might be leaking water — and that’s a nightmare for Mother Nature and your wallet. Ensure sweeter dreams by always turning off the outdoor faucet the hose is attached to.
Watering plants? Plan how in advance. Don’t reach for the hose when it’s time to water your plants. Plan ahead by collecting rainwater in a rain barrel. You can save even more water by planting drought-resistant trees and shrubs.
Hoses are wetter. Brooms are better. Staring down a dirty driveway? Don’t reach for the hose. Instead, grab a broom and sweep the concrete to get the same result — and a little bit of exercise — without spilling a single drop of water.
Going away? Give your hose a holiday. If you’re taking a well-deserved break, give your hose a break too. You don’t have to take it with you — just make sure to turn off the outdoor faucet the hose is attached to, before you hit the road.
Less mowing means less watering. Caring for your lawn doesn’t necessarily mean keeping the grass short. Letting the grass grow longer will shade the soil from the sun, keeping it cool and reducing the need for watering.
When irrigation breaks, the more water it takes. With regular irrigation system maintenance, you can avoid malfunctions that require more water to maintain pressure. Blow water out of the system before winter to avoid breaks and leaks.
Full loads of laundry save loads of water. To save water, you should only run your washing machine when it’s full. Or, if your machine has a water level setting, try adjusting the level to match the amount laundry you’re about to wash.
Doing laundry? Wetter isn't always better. Some washing machine settings use more water and some have extra rinse cycles. If you notice that your machine gets stuck on a rinse cycle, the timer may need to be repaired.
When upkeep is good, a furnace works as it should. Clogged valves can stay open and cause your furnace humidifier to run non-stop. You can save water with regular seasonal maintenance, including making sure the furnace filters are clean.
If your furnace fan is on, so is your water. Running the furnace all day will help circulate air throughout your home, but you may notice the effect on your water bill. The humidifier will run non-stop if you turn the fan on during summer.
Water softeners can be hard on your wallet. Want to avoid a high water bill? Check your water softener regularly to make sure it’s working properly. It’s common for softeners to get stuck on the cleaning cycle and run continuously.
Shower to scrub instead of filling the tub. A hot bath can be relaxing, but you can save up to 70 litres of water by taking a shower instead. Save even more by installing low-flow shower heads and limiting your showers to 5 minutes.
Don't let toilets tank your water bill. A leaking toilet can waste water all day. If it sounds like your toilet tank is constantly filling, check that the flapper is sealing. Save more water by installing a toilet dam or buying a low-flow toilet.
Get cleaned up. Don't get cleaned out. Running water goes right down the drain. You can save thousands of litres of water every year by turning taps off while you’re shaving, brushing your teeth, or washing your hair in the shower.
A full machine saves water while it cleans. A dishwasher will clean your dishes and help you save water at the same time — if you run it with a full load. Shopping for a new machine? Be sure to choose one with the Energy Star label.
Sinking feeling? Turn off your taps. To save water, avoid running the faucet while doing dishes or preparing food. Try filling both sinks to wash and rinse dishes, wash produce in a pan of water, and let food thaw in the fridge.
Drips and drops are dollars down the drain. Even a slow, steady drip can waste up to 27,000 litres of water per year. You can save water and money by doing minor repairs, like tightening loose faucets and changing failed washers.