Below are some conservation tips that will help you cut your water consumption, in turn, reducing your impact on the environment.
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The per capita water use per day in British Columbia is approximately 353 litres*.
Water Use at Home**
*Source: Environment Canada. Total and Residential Per Capita Water Use (2009 Report). Retrieved from www.ec.gc.ca.
**Source: Environment Canada. Wise Water Use. Retrieved from www.ec.gc.ca.
Indoor Conservation Tips
- Repair leaking toilets, faucets and pipes.
- Replace older fixtures with new low-use water toilets, showerheads and faucets.
- Take shorter showers.
- Only wash full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine.
- Never use the toilet as a wastebasket.
Outdoor Conservation Tips
For more water conservation tips and facts, visit Environment Canada’s website.
- Collect water in a rain barrel for use on indoor and outdoor plants.
- Check outdoor faucets, pipes and hoses for leaks.
- Weed your lawn and garden regularly, as weeds compete with other plants for water.
- Only water lawn when needed and in the early morning hours to minimize evaporation.
- Wash your car with a bucket and sponge instead of a hose.
Energy Conservation Tips
Below are some conservation tips that will help you cut your energy consumption, in turn, reducing your impact on the environment.
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In Canada, heating and cooling accounts for much of the energy used by a household.
Energy Use at Home***
***Source: Natural Resources Canada. (2009). Residential Sector British Columbia, Table 2: Secondary Energy Use and GHG Emissions by End-Use. Retrieved from http://nrcan.gc.ca.
There are several ways for you to reduce your energy consumption:
- Turn off unnecessary lights or install lighting controls such as dimmers, timers and motion sensors.
- Install energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) that use less energy.
- Keep heat inside your home by sealing gaps and cracks with caulking and weather stripping.
- Turn down the thermostat when you are away.
- Install drapes or window blinds to provide insulation during summer and winter.
For home energy improvement tips, visit Natural Resources Canada’s website.