Water and Energy Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips

  • When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
  • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 200 litres a month.
  • Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
  • Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
  • Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
  • Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

 

Energy Saving Tips

  • Turn off lights, TVs and other appliances when they are not needed.
  • Wash laundry in cold water. This does just as good a job, keeps your colours bright, and saves lots of energy.
  • Take short showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower uses about half as much water as a bath.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescents, which are four times more efficient and last about eight times as long.
  • You can also control the intensity of your incandescent bulbs with dimmer switches to save money. A bulb dimmed by 25 per cent uses 10 per cent less energy.
  • Install motion sensors on light switches.
  • Using a low-flow shower head can save up to 15 per cent of hot water costs; aerators on your sink faucets can reduce water use by about 10 per cent.
  • Use small appliances such as a microwave, slow cooker, electric kettle or toaster oven instead of the stove.
  • Take clothes out of the dryer and fold them while they are still warm to prevent wrinkling; your iron uses a lot of energy.
  • Shower and run your dishwasher, washer and dryer early in the morning or late at night.
  • Try setting your dishwasher to start after 7:00 p.m. when off-peak prices begin. If your dishwasher has a timer – use it.
Consider a home energy audit to find out how energy efficient your home is and the best way to spend your home-improvement dollars.

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