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8 tricks to save water

Water is one of the most precious natural resources in Canada. Not only is it an important part of our economy, but clean water keeps us healthy.

Much of the water that we use every day is circulated back to where it came from, but the way we use it can impact our freshwater quality. Using excessive amounts of water can also lead to a drop in groundwater aquifer levels and cause rivers to dry up.

More than three-quarters of Canadians are paying for their water usage based on the volume of consumption, with the average Canadian using over 250 litres of water per day. As payment rates are likely to increase over the coming years, cutting down on your water usage is a smart way to save money.

Help preserve our natural resources and keep more money in your pocket at the same time with these water-saving tricks.


Install WaterSense® certified toilets

Toilets account for over 30% of the water consumption in an average household. In fact, if your toilet is over a decade old, then it may be using as much as 18 litres per flush!

Newer, 4.8L/flush WaterSense® certified toilets use up to 20% less water than standard models. Save even more water by choosing a dual-flush model and taking care to use the dual-flush feature correctly. Alternatively, you can also convert an older, standard model into a dual-flush toilet.

By upgrading to a more effective toilet, you could stand to save as much as 24,000 litres of water per year.


Install WaterSense® certified faucets

Bathing and showering account for another third of the water consumption of a typical household. Compared to standard faucets and shower heads, WaterSense® certified tub faucets use 30% less water and WaterSense® certified shower heads use 20% less water. For a 10-minute shower, these savings can add up to over 5,500 litres of water a year.

To maximize your water savings when bathing, opt for taking a shower rather than a bath. While a bath uses a tub full of hot water, showers allow you to control the flow of the water and the length of the shower, saving you both water and energy. WaterSense® certified faucets and shower heads will further save you on the cost of heating the water.


For home appliances that will help you cut down on your water usage, look for the WaterSense logo. Any products that carry a WaterSense label have all received independent third-party certification.

At RONA, we carry WaterSense products as part of our ECO products program. These water-saving products will save you money on your water bill and preserve water for future generations, all while delivering exceptional performance.


Fix your household’s leaks

Minor leaks from worn plumbing fixtures and other plumbing components may be causing your household to waste nearly 38,000 litres of water a year.

By fixing common leaks such as dripping faucets, leaking valves, and worn toilet flappers, you can reduce your water consumption by as much as 10%. These small fixes require only basic tools and hardware that will quickly pay for themselves with the savings on your water bill.


Go for an ENERGY STAR® certified dishwasher

As you likely use it every day, replacing your dishwasher with a newer, more efficient model can significantly reduce your water consumption. An ENERGY STAR® certified dishwasher will not only use up to 30% less water than a standard model but 12% less energy as well.  

Some people assume that washing dishes by hand rather than with a dishwasher is a good way to save water and energy. On the contrary, an ENERGY STAR® certified dishwasher uses only half as much energy as hand washing and will save you almost 20,000 litres of water annually.

Using a dishwasher will also save you over 200 hours of personal time every year. Rather than washing and drying every individual dish, you simply load them into your dishwasher and push the start button. The boosted water temperatures offered by ENERGY STAR® certified dishwashers provide better cleaning and disinfecting when compared to hand washing as well.


Go for an ENERGY STAR® certified clothes washer

The washing machine is another main source of water consumption in the home, accounting for as much as 20% of your total water usage. Compared to a standard washer, ENERGY STAR® certified washers use 33% less water and 25% less energy. They also offer multiple wash cycles to ensure that your clothes always come out clean and fresh.


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Install a rainwater barrel

Water consumption peaks over the summer months, and most of that rise is due to increased outdoor use. In fact, roughly a half to three-quarters of all municipally treated water ends up on lawns during this time of year.

Help preserve potable water as well as the energy used to treat it by connecting rainwater barrels to your home's gutter system. Any water that falls on your roof will be channelled into the barrels, which can fill up very quickly during periods of heavy rain. You can then use this water for activities such as washing your car or watering your lawn and garden.


Irrigate your flower beds and garden properly

Smart irrigation systems will save a lot of water in the garden while still giving your plants all of the moisture they need. One of the most effective irrigation techniques is a soaker hose that uses low water flow to directly water the plant roots, reducing water waste and evaporation. As there are many different irrigation techniques out there, it is recommended that you check your municipal watering regulations before implementing a new system.

You can further reduce water waste and evaporation by covering flower and garden beds with a layer of mulch. The use of mulch also suppresses weed growth and encourages beneficial insects and soil bacteria, preventing the need for herbicides and pesticides. Mulch bearing the ECO product symbol is guaranteed to come from recycled or FSC certified wood, which contributes to sustainable forest management.


Replace grass with groundcover plants

Grass may be the most common sight on residential lawns, but this monoculture approach contributes to a good deal of excess water use. This is because grass does not grow well in every climate and will require much more water and care than plants and flowers that are better suited to where you live.

Choose different groundcover plants that are adapted to sunny and shady spots. Plants that are better adapted to the environment will require less maintenance and fertilizer, and you'll spend much less time weeding as well. Cultivating a biodiverse yard is a great way to reduce the environmental footprint of your landscaping.