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This week: Saving money on your water bill
We Canadians use an alarmingly large amount of water: as of 2015, we are using roughly 325 litres of water per day, per person. Here's a few ideas that will help you cut back on your household water consumption, saving you money and taking some strain off our water processing systems.
1. Tighten up your taps.
A single dripping faucet can fill an 80 litre bathtub every week. If one of your taps devevlops a drip, try installing new washers and tightening up the handles with a screwdriver (assuming you can). If that doesn't work you may have to invest in a new faucet altogether, but that investment will save you money in the long term.
2. Replace old toilets.
Older toilet designs use far more water than modern ones, anywhere from 13 to 26 litres per flush. Today's toilets average around 6 litres per flush, with low-flow designs using as little as 4.5 litres.
Additionally your older toilets may be steadily and sneakily leaking water straight into the sewer. A leaky toilet can waste an astounding 750 litres a day, and you probably wouldn't know it until you got the bill.
Last but not least, some municipalities offer rebates to people that install new, low-flow toilets!
3. Install a low-flow shower head.
Older shower heads pump out between 19 and 30 litres every minute. Newer low-flow designs use roughly 9.5 litres per minute, and are remarkably affordable.
These three simple steps combined could potentially cut your water bill in half or more, as well as lightening your environmental footprint!