Quick and easy tips for conserving water indoors

 

 

How much water <strong>do you use</strong>? 11http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/Water CalculatorHow much water <strong>do you use</strong>? <div class="ExternalClass423CC18ECA7D4208B8495D58DC366466"><p> Find out how you use water in your home and learn simple tips that conserve water and energy with the Alliance for Water Efficiency's <a href="http://www.home-water-works.org/calculator" target="_blank">Water Calculator</a></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/runningwater.jpg7.00000000000000
<strong>Keep a pitcher</strong> of drinking water in the fridge.12http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/Water Pitcher<strong>Keep a pitcher</strong> of drinking water in the fridge.<div class="ExternalClassB06D75FEF9F94353A0BD01FC47AEFCBC"><p>Instead of running the tap until the water cools, keep a pitcher of cold drinking water on standby in the fridge.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/pitcher.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/pitcher.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/pitcher.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/PitcherShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/PitcherShare.jpg7.00000000000000
A family of four washes about <strong>300 loads of laundry</strong> per year.1http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/Loads of LaundryA family of four washes about <strong>300 loads of laundry</strong> per year.<div class="ExternalClassD4C3063CDA6A49598E1B3380E73522B1"><p> Make sure you’re running full (but not crammed) loads in the washing machine. A full load uses less water than two half loads.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/LaundryFactShare.png, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/LaundryFactShare.png7.00000000000000
Run <strong>full loads</strong> in the dishwasher6http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/Fill the DishwasherRun <strong>full loads</strong> in the dishwasher<div class="ExternalClassFF33A6B1720B46A4892404034E1D0926"> <p>84% of homes have an automatic dishwasher. The average cycle uses 23 litres of water, down from older models at 38 litres. A half-full dishwasher uses the same amount of water as a full one.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/dishwasher.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/dishwasher.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/dishwasher.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/DishwasherShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/DishwasherShare.jpg6.00000000000000
Most people <strong>think they use less</strong> water than most other people5http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/Most PeopleMost people <strong>think they use less</strong> water than most other people<div class="ExternalClass355B3FD3B6B94F69B9E8C27C42128D28"><p> How can this be? Who is using the water? It’s all of us. We can all use a little less. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/UseLessWaterShare.png, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/UseLessWaterShare.png12.0000000000000
<strong>Turn off the tap</strong> when shaving17http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/Turn Off Tap<strong>Turn off the tap</strong> when shaving<div class="ExternalClass590B29BA9DE0469ABE05022397E4CF68"><p>​Fill the sink with a few inches of warm water to rinse your razor - it works just as well as running the tap and uses less water.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/Shaving.jpg, Shaving http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/Shaving.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/ShavingShare.jpg, Shaving4.00000000000000
We <strong>use about 270 litres of water</strong> per person daily in our homes. 18http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/270 LitresWe <strong>use about 270 litres of water</strong> per person daily in our homes. <div class="ExternalClass380BA29D59114D9097DF9FA7839A7005"><p>​About a quarter of our indoor water use is from flushing the toilet. How else do you use water indoors?</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpg, water http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/WaterUseToilet.png, toilet use4.00000000000000
Each day, Metro Vancouver <strong>residents use enough water</strong> to fill BC Place.14http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/BC PlaceEach day, Metro Vancouver <strong>residents use enough water</strong> to fill BC Place.<div class="ExternalClass3631C81A1B8B4654AC87803294EBE744"><p>The average amount of water we use daily in Metro Vancouver is 1 billion litres – enough to fill BC Place.</p> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/outdoor-tips/TipImages/water.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/BCPlaceShare.png, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/BCPlaceShare.png7.00000000000000
Run <strong>full loads</strong> of laundry2http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/Fill the WasherRun <strong>full loads</strong> of laundry<div class="ExternalClassF5235E691F4240DEAB135D6943D0418A"><p>Running half loads uses more water to do the same amount of laundry. Even with an efficient washer, one load a day uses 340 litres over a week. Until you have a full load, could you wait to wash your clothes?</p> </div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/fulllaundry.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/fulllaundry.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/fulllaundry.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/FullLaundryShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/FullLaundryShare.jpg11.0000000000000
<strong>Shorten your shower</strong> by two minutes3http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/Shorter Shower<strong>Shorten your shower</strong> by two minutes<div class="ExternalClass01883EB740324609B04D46BFD84D0F74"><p>​Reducing your shower by two minutes can save 460 litres of water in one month. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/shower.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/shower.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/shower.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/ShowerShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/ShowerShare.jpg11.0000000000000
<strong>Don't let the water run</strong> when washing dishes4http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/Handwash Dishes<strong>Don't let the water run</strong> when washing dishes<div class="ExternalClass6F01419B6C3642D5BC96AC781FB61FB6"><p>When washing dishes in the sink, don't let the water run down the drain. Fill one basin with water for washing and another for rinsing.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/dishwashing.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/dishwashing.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/dishwashing.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/DishwashingShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/DishwashingShare.jpg11.0000000000000
Use food colouring to <strong>test for a leaking</strong> toilet7http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/Leaky Toilet TestUse food colouring to <strong>test for a leaking</strong> toilet<div class="ExternalClassA741A0A12ACE4BD182A52FFB08D1AE78"><p>Drop a teaspoon of food colouring into your toilet tank. If the colour appears in the bowl after 15 minutes, you’ve got a leak. Many leaks can be fixed by replacing the worn-out flapper valve. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/toiletleak.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/toiletleak.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/toiletleak.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/ToiletLeakShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/ToiletLeakShare.jpg8.00000000000000
Defrost food overnight <strong>in the fridge</strong>.8http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/Defrost FoodDefrost food overnight <strong>in the fridge</strong>.<div class="ExternalClass28F3C62DBA50444C928EEB792FC03E89"><p>Defrost food overnight in the fridge instead of thawing it under running water that ends up down the drain.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/frozenfood.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/frozenfood.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/frozenfood.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/FrozenFoodShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/FrozenFoodShare.jpg9.00000000000000
Throw <strong>food scraps in the compost</strong>, not down the sink’s food grinder.9http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/CompostThrow <strong>food scraps in the compost</strong>, not down the sink’s food grinder.<div class="ExternalClassC5F995AD7DBB4C9299B44F8844ECF89A"><p> Kitchen sink food grinders require a lot of clean water to flush food scraps down the drain. Instead, compost your food scraps to be used in landscaping.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/compost.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/compost.jpg http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/compost.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/CompostShare.jpg, http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/CompostShare.jpg9.00000000000000
<strong>Save the water</strong> you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables15http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/Rinsing Fruit Water<strong>Save the water</strong> you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables<div class="ExternalClass433AFFA8EF7F42ED84AE1890CC3DCD64"><p>​Water used in the kitchen for rinsing and cooking can be used again to water house plants. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/RinseFruit.jpg, Rinsing Fruit http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/RinseFruit.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/RinseFruitShare.jpg, Rinsing Fruit Share3.00000000000000
Consider <strong>buying a dual-flush</strong> toilet16http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/Dual FlushConsider <strong>buying a dual-flush</strong> toilet<div class="ExternalClass1FC4546D238F4C92B1C760097EB8E788"><p>​Dual-flush toilets give you the option of a water-saving half flush.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/DualFlush.jpg, Dual Flush http://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/DualFlush.jpghttp://www.metrovancouver.org/welovewater/indoor-tips/PublishingImages/DualFlushShare.jpg, Dual Flush4.00000000000000