Ways to Save
Money - Water - Energy - Environment
It's time to go beyond switching out a lightbulb.
Whether you fix a leaky faucet, replace your water-wasting showerhead or toilet, upgrade to a tankless hot water heater, or install a hot water recirculating system, you can save water and energy, lower your utility bills, and make a better choice for your environment. In some cases you can even qualify for government rebates of up to $1500.00.
Installing energy and water efficient appliances doesn't just help save the environment, it saves you money. The less water and electricity you use, the lower your bills.
Up to 40% of a household's water is used in the toilet and bathroom. You can choose from a range of water efficient plumbing products to improve your home's water efficiency.
Toilets are perhaps the biggest water wasting appliance in your household. Around 20% of all water used in a house is flushed down the toilet. Upgrading an old toilet to a new water efficient system can make a huge difference to your household water consumption.
- An old toilet system can use up to 3 gallons of water per flush. New water efficient toilets used around 1.6 gallons.
- Replacing a single flush toilet with a dual flush system saves around 13.5 gallons a day, or 10% of our daily water usage.
- A single flush toilet costs three times as much as a dual flush toilet to maintain over a 10 year period.
Reducing your shower time is one of the best ways to save water, but installing water efficient shower heads is also a great way to cut your water consumption.
- Standard shower heads use 4-6 gallons of water a minute. Water efficient shower heads use 1.5-1.8 gallons per minute.
- Over the course of a year, an energy efficient shower head will save 3,830 gallons of water per household.
- Gas hot water costs for a standard shower head are almost double that of a water efficient shower head.
Saving tap water
A running faucet uses around 4 gallons of water a minute. A leaking faucet can waste up to 8-53 gallons a day. Try the following tips to avoid wasting tap water:
- Install water efficient faucets and fix any leaking faucets immediately.
- Never leave the faucet running while you brush your teeth.
- Never leave the faucet running while you shave.
- Never wash your dishes using a running faucet.
Other water conservation tips
- When buying new appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines, look for those with the highest WELS rating (a water efficiency measurement). The most efficient appliances use 50-67% less water than older models.
- Check for evidence of water and toilet leaks regularly. A good way to do so is by checking the water meter while all appliances, taps and toilets are not in use. If your meter is turning, this can indicate a water leakage.
Tankless water heaters require no pilot light and can save about half the cost of your current water heating bill since there is no re-heating of water as with traditional water heaters. Compared to a tank water heater's 60% efficiency, an 83%-94% energy-efficiency level makes tankless water heaters much more economical and eco-friendly.
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