Wasting water is damaging to the environment and eats up hundreds of dollars in water bills. There are numerous ways that we tend to use more water than we actually need in our Toronto homes. Luckily, there are several easy ways to cut down on water usage.

Take Short Showers

Relaxing in a nice shower can be great, but it is one of the most common ways that we waste water. Each member of the household can time how long they usually take in the shower and continuously try to beat their best time. To save even more water, turn the water off after there’s been enough water to lather shampoo and soap. Only turn the water back on when it’s time to rinse.

Turn the Tap Off During Brushing

Many people leave the tap on when brushing their teeth, but it wastes a lot of water in just a few minutes. Instead, try shutting off the tap after the brush is rinsed. Only rinse off the brush once or twice more before finishing up. To save even more water, fill up a small cup with water before brushing and use that to rinse.

Only Use the Washer and Dishwasher with Full Loads

As habit, we tend to do loads of dishes and laundry every day or every other day whether we have to or not. However, this can lead to a lot of wasted water. Top loader washing machines in particular use up a lot of water since they have to fill up the tub to a preset amount.

Instead of setting a schedule for washes, only use the dishwasher or washing machine when there’s a full load. If there’s an immediate need for a specific dish or piece of clothing, try washing it in the sink or tub. If not, look around the house for dishes, clothing or bedding that could use a wash.

Collect Water from Everyday Chores

As long as the water is still fairly clean and doesn’t have chemicals or soap in it, the water from various household chores can be collected and used for other purposes. For instance, rinse vegetables over a bin, collect the water and use it to water plants, clean the car or rinse off a dirty porch.

Avoid Using Garbage Disposals

Sink garbage disposals usually require a lot of water to function properly, and garbage disposals in their entirety are not really necessary. It’s also wasteful to throw out food when it could still have a purpose.

Try starting a compost pile. There is a wide array of garbage items that can be included in a compost pile, and it makes for great fertilizer for your Toronto lawn or garden.

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