Learning how to recycle water at home helps to save money and valuable resources. Recycling water in Toronto in particular is a wise decision due to the fact that the city hiked the cost of water nine percent just this past year and the average home pays about $887 annually. The increase in water costs appear to be inevitable but continuing to waste money doesn’t always have to be the case.
Check out these ways to save water around the home so that you can put a little extra coin in your pocket.
The water you use to cook vegetables contains lots of valuable vitamins and nutrients. Rather than tossing this into the kitchen sink, consider pouring the water into a storage container to use later for soups, sauces or a future gravy. Be sure to keep the vegetable water refrigerated to help maintain the nutrient content.
If you have a garden and are looking to keep it hydrated, why use water from the hose when you can just recycle water from Mother Nature? Look into installing a water barrel that connects to your gutter’s downspout so you can collect a pure supply of water absolutely free.
A grey water system helps homeowners collect and reuse the water that goes down the drains of bathroom sinks, showers and laundry machines. These systems help Torontonians recycle water that doesn’t contain sewage such as water that is diverted from the shower to the toilet (but not vice versa). The systems require some initial costs but after that they are fairly simple to maintain. Ask your plumber about grey water systems and learn more about how these systems can help you save lots of money this year.
As we have mentioned in previous posts, washing machines are one of the main sources of water consumption in the home. It is estimated that a typical Toronto family does somewhere around 400 loads of laundry per year, consuming anywhere between 12,000 to 16,000 gallons of water annually. Obviously these costs can add up and the minor investment of $400 to $1,200 dollars for a high efficiency washing machine can make sense. When you consider that these machines only consume about one quarter or one half as much water as conventional machines, this means you can make the money back you put into your new washer in a few short years.
Saving money on water around the home is pretty easy if you know what to look for. Try to implement a few of these tricks to combat the high increases in water bills that seemingly occur every year.