Power Smart water saving tips

Be Power Smart around your home to save water and energy. Here are some small changes that you can make to reduce your water use and save.

Laundry

  • Wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible. Hot water wash cycles use more energy than cold water.
  • For peak operating efficiency, load your washing machine to capacity. A full load uses less water than 2 half loads.
  • Consider an ENERGY STAR® front-loading washing machine. It uses considerably less water than a top-loader.

Washroom

  • Turn off the faucets when you brush your teeth or shave. Use a glass of water for rinsing and leave water in the sink for shaving.
  • Put food colouring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak. Fix it and save more than 2,200 litres a month.
  • Repair leaking toilets and faucets promptly. A leaking faucet can waste up to 11,000 litres of water (or more) every year.
  • To prevent taps from leaking, turn them off properly and replace washers as necessary.
  • Drop that tissue in the waste bin instead of flushing it and save litres every time.

Kitchen

  • In the kitchen, use a bowl to wash vegetables rather than rinsing them under the tap.
  • Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, or use the microwave instead of thawing them under running water.
  • If you must rinse dishes first, use cold water and conserve water with a low-flow 6 litres per minute faucet aerator.
  • Wash only full loads. The dishwasher uses the same amount of water, for full and half full loads.

Upgrades

  • Install water and energy saving faucet aerators and showerheads with a flow rate of 6 litres (1.5 gallons) per minute or less. Look for flow rate information on the packaging or on the device itself to ensure that it is a genuine low-flow product.
  • Insulate the first metre and a half of your water pipes going in and out of your water heater with pipe wrap to reduce heat loss and save energy.
  • Install a drain water heat recovery system to reduce your water heater energy consumption by up to 25 per cent.

Order your free Power Smart Water and Energy Saver Kit today.