Water is one of our most precious natural resources, whether it helps us stay healthy or keeps our country’s economy strong. Close to 80% of Canadians have to pay for their water, and the rate is based on volume consumed. Rates are likely to increase in the coming years, which is why it’s worth getting into the habit of avoiding waste and using less water.
How much water do you use?
In your home, certain rooms—like the bathroom and kitchen—tend to use large amounts of water. Here’s a look at the average Canadian’s water consumption :
Bath and shower: 35%
Drinking and kitchen: 10%
FAUCETS AND TOILET
Install low-flow bathroom faucets and toilets
The shower and toilet use two thirds of the water in your home. Choosing low-flow products is a great way to save water.
Choose certified WaterSense showerheads among RONA’s ECO-approved products
- Contrary to the flush of the toilet, the amount of water used in the shower depends on shower length and water flow. Since users can control both of these elements, showers are a great way to save water and energy compared to baths, which use a large amount of hot water.
- Certified WaterSense showerheads use 20% less water and energy than standard showerheads.
- When you choose a certified WaterSense showerhead instead of a standard model sold in-store, you’ll save up to 3,703 litres of water, 176 kWh of electricity, and $13 in a single year!
Choose certified WaterSense faucets among RONA’s ECO-approved products
- Certified WaterSense bathroom faucets use 30% less water and energy than standard faucets.
Choose certified WaterSense toilets among RONA’s ECO-approved products
- Certified WaterSense toilets use 20% less water than non-certified models. Opt for a dual-flush toilet, which will help you save 66% more water than a standard toilet if the dual-flush feature is used correctly.
Choose water-efficient appliances
Choose a certified ENERGY STAR washer among RONA’s ECO-approved products
- ENERGY STAR washers use up to 25% less energy and 40% less water than standard models.
Choose a certified ENERGY STAR dishwasher among RONA’s ECO-approved products
- ENERGY STAR dishwashers use up to 10% less energy and 15% less water than standard models.
OUTDOOR AND GARDEN
Reduce the amount of drinking water used in your yard
Make sure to irrigate your flower beds and garden properly. Unlike sprinkler systems, proper irrigation reduces the amount of water used to maintain your yard. There are lots of irrigation techniques out there, so be sure to check your municipal watering regulations before choosing one.
- Cover flower beds with mulch. Mulch helps keep weeds to a minimum and keeps moisture in the soil. It encourages good bacterial growth in the soil and protects helpful insects, in addition to decreasing the need for weeding and herbicides. Choose mulch made from recycled or FSC certified wood among RONA’s ECO-approved products: it helps toward a more sustainable management of forests.
- Install a high-efficiency irrigation system. Using a soaker irrigation hose lets you irrigate plant roots directly with low water flow, which reduces waste and water loss from evaporation.
Install a collection system for household rain
- Rain collectors store water that falls on the roof by channelling it through your gutters and into collection barrels. This water can then be reused for activities that don’t need potable water, like watering the garden or washing the car. Collecting and reusing rainwater helps save potable water.
Replace grass with groundcover plants
- Grass doesn’t grow well everywhere. You can save water by choosing plant varieties that use less. Creating a biodiverse yard instead of a grass monoculture helps reduce the environmental impact of landscaping.
- Reduce the amount of grass in your yard by replacing it with groundcover plants adapted for shady or sunny areas. These plants need little maintenance or fertilizer, in addition to preventing weed growth.