Tips for Using Less Water in the Bathroom

My colleagues at our US plumbing business Benjamin Franklin Plumbing posted these great tips to their website.  I pasted them below for my readers since they are a great way to use less water and reduce your water bill.  Direct Energy offers a wide-range of plumbing services in Ontario. Thanks Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for these great tips!

Dave

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These days, everyone is looking for ways to go green. One of the best things you can do for Mother Nature is to use less water – a surprisingly easy task when it comes to the bathroom. Ask any plumber, and he or she will likely be able to give you tips on how to cut back. In the meantime, here are some simple ways to conserve.

Keep it off
When you brush your teeth or wash your face, do you tend to leave the water running the whole time? If so, you could be wasting gallons each year for no reason at all. After you wet your toothbrush, turn the faucet off and see what a difference it makes in your water usage. The same is true for shaving, and you should even be careful about how much water you use while washing your hands.

Grab a bucket
When you turn the water on in the shower and wait for it to heat up, you’re actually wasting all of that cold water. Rather than having it escape down the drain, consider placing a bucket in the shower during this time. Later, you can use the water you collect to clean your bathroom or water your plants.

Think about showers vs. baths
The next time you take a shower, consider plugging up the bath drain. If it takes you more water to shower than it does to fill the bath, you may want to consider switching up your routine. However, more often than not you’ll find that a shower uses less water than a bath, so if you prefer to soak in the tub on a daily basis, you may want to keep that in mind.

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Set a timer
While a nice, warm shower can be relaxing, you probably shouldn’t spend too much time in there on a regular basis. Consider setting a timer for anywhere between five to 10 minutes before you jump in. This will not only save water, it could also help you get ready faster each morning. Also, you may want to brush your teeth in the shower to save time and water in the morning as well.

Call a plumber
If you have a leaky pipe in your bathroom or your faucet has been dripping call a professional to get it fixed. Each day you ignore a leak you’re wasting more water.

Replace your toilet
Another reason you may want to contact a plumber is if you have an old toilet. Older toilets often use more water than newer, more efficient ones, so if it’s been a long time since you’ve replaced the old porcelain throne, go shopping. Also, you may want to look into getting a toilet with an elongated bowl, which tends to be more comfortable. There are also higher toilets on the market now, which can further increase your comfort.

Be smart while shaving
If you tend to let the water run while you shave in the morning, consider filling a bowl with water and using that to shave with instead. Chances are you’ll put far less water in the bowl than you would use up by letting the faucet run.

Keep a garbage can in the bathroom
When you’re in the bathroom you may have an urge to toss things like tissues and Q-tips in the toilet to get rid of them. If you do this, you’ll end up flushing the toilet more than you should, so always keep a trash can nearby.

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