This upcoming Friday is World Water Day, so I thought it would be appropriate to write about how you can conserve water right at home. In addition to saving water, these tips can also help you save money.
Inside your home:
1. Check for leaks: even small leaks from faucets, pipes or toilets can waste gallons of water. The City of Calgary website is a great resource on how to check for leaks, and fix them as well.
2. Install water saving faucets, shower heads or toilets: investments in these upgrades will pay for themselves within the year.
3. Don't run water while you brush your teeth or shave.
4 Only run your washing machine/dishwasher when you have a full load.
5. Take shorter showers: it sounds simple but every bit counts.
Outside the home:
6. Water your lawn effectively: position your sprinkler so that it only waters the lawn/garden and not paved areas. Also, watering early in the morning will be your best bet to preventing water loss to evaporation.
7. Use a broom, not a hose to clean your driveway/roadways.
8. Check your hose for leaks, as well as outdoor taps.
9. Don't run the hose while you wash your car.
10. Only water your lawn/garden when you need to.