Home Renovations That Save Water
Improving your home’s energy efficiency will reduce your impact on the environment, decrease the amount of energy you consume and lower your monthly bills. More and more homeowners are doing energy efficient home improvements, especially after the government offered itsto all Albertans. This program offered free energy efficient products and installation that would help homeowners use less energy and save money.
There are many water-saving home improvements that are simple and can lead to long-term savings over time. Here are some home renovations that will save water:
Install high-efficiency shower heads.
Putting in a new shower head isn’t expensive and if you have one installed through the Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Energy Savings program, you won’t have to pay a penny. Low-flow showerheads have come a long way and will still give you enough water pressure for a satisfying shower. Plus, they deliver nearly 75 per cent less water per minute compared to older shower heads.
Install aerators on all your taps.
Aerators will help limit and slow the water flow coming out of your taps. You can pick up aerators at the local hardware store and install them yourself by simply screwing them onto your faucet head. You can also apply for free aerators, including installation, through the Energy Savings Program.
Install low-flow toilets.
How much excess water (and money) are you flushing down the toilet? A low-flow or dual flush toilet can help reduce your bathroom’s water use by nearly 70 per cent! Not only will you save water and save money, you will also reduce the strain on your plumbing system and increase its lifespan.
Find and fix leaky pipes.
If you have a leak in your plumbing system, you are paying for lost water and might have water damage somewhere in your home. To find a hidden leak, inspect your walls and ceilings for dampness or water stains. Other signs of leaks include low water pressure, mold growth and sudden increases in your water bill. If suspect you have a leak, contact one theto inspect and repair it for you.
Use a rain barrel.
Use a rain barrel to catch the water running off your roof when it rains or snows. You can use the water in the rain barrel for all your outdoor water use including watering the lawn, garden, trees and shrubs. You can also use it to wash your vehicles, RVs and patio furniture instead of running the hose.