The world in a drop of water

With so much rainy wet weather it can be hard to remember that we need to conserve water in dry summer months. Yet summer isn’t the only time we should be paying attention to our water and energy consumption — by conserving water year-round you help save yourself and your city money and leave a more positive impact on the environment.

Conserving water, and therefore energy, means making an effort to not waste water and to use less water in and around your home. There are many ways you can do both, but these are some of our top tips:

  1. Use care when watering your lawn or garden. Pay attention to bylaws regarding watering restrictions, and follow them closely. Your lawn should only need one hour of sprinkling per week to stay green and healthy.
  2. Plant drought-resistant lawns and plants to avoid worrying over whether or not they’re getting enough to drink during summer months. There are a lot of beautiful plants native to BC that hold up perfectly in our climate.
  3. Ensure all taps and pipes, indoors and out, aren’t leaking. A slow leak can waste a surprisingly large amount of water over a season.
  4. Collect rain in a rain barrel to water your lawn and garden instead of using city water from the hose.
  5. Buy a water saving kit from your city, energy company, or hardware store. This kit can include low-flow faucet aerators, leak detection dye tablets, Teflon tape, energy and water-efficient showerheads, and a few other key items to save water and power around your home.
  6. Up to a third of water consumption comes from flushing toilets. By switching to low-flow toilets, and not using the toilet as a trash can, you can reduce the amount of water you use significantly.
  7. Try to take shorter showers. There’s nothing more relaxing in the evening or invigorating in the morning than a cleansing shower, but even four minutes uses 20 to 40 gallons of water. Any time you cut back makes a huge impact.
  8. Turn off the tap when you aren’t using it – this is especially true when you’re standing at the sink brushing your teeth.
  9. Wash your clothes in cold water instead of wasting energy heating the water. If possible, install high efficiency appliances in your home to further boost savings.

By making a few small changes in your day-to-day habits, you can make a large impact on the city’s water supply and your energy bill. Do you have any water saving tips we missed? We’d love to hear them in the comments!