How Is Your Water Being Used And How Can You Reduce It?

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The above chart is from the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and does a great job of really demonstrating where the water we use each month goes. The Alliance is an American organization, but as our usage habits are very similar to our southern neighbors, we can use it as an accurate representation of our own uses. As Markham plumbers, we are often asked by our customer what simple steps can be taken to help them reduce their water usage.


One of the biggest users of water in your home only applies in the summer and if you notice a huge swing in your bill between the seasons you might be a victim of the over active sprinkler system. Many home owners simply set their sprinklers to go off for a set duration at a set time and forget it, but this is the worst possible way you can manage your water usage and we can’t even begin to tell you how many times we’ve seen sprinklers blasting on someone’s yard in the middle of a rainstorm.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is purchase and install an inexpensive rain sensor that will register the moisture in your lawn and only allow the sprinklers to run when they’re actually needed. These small devices are simple enough to be installed by any homeowner but your favorite Markham plumber can also do the work if you really don’t feel comfortable with it.


Now you’re wondering “What if I don’t have a sprinkler system? Is there anything I can do to reduce my water bill?” That’s a very good question, and yes there is. We’ve covered many of these tips in various Markham plumber blog posts in the past, but in case you missed something before, you might as well keep reading.

As the chart shows, the toilet uses more water in the average household than any other appliance or fixture. This is because many homes still contain out of date toilets that use much more water than they need to in order to clear the bowl. You have two distinct choices to solve this issue, the first of which being the obvious; replacing the toilet with a new high efficiency model. This is not a job for the faint of heart and unless you have previous experience with installing toilets, it would be better left to a professional Markham plumber. The alternative for anyone on a budget would be to purchase an inexpensive kit which allows any toilet to be converted into a dual flush model with different usages for solid and liquid waste disposal.

Next on the list of high water usage is the clothes washer unfortunately these are expensive to replace and should probably be passed over unless you need a new one anyway.

The next tip corresponds with the third biggest water user, your shower. Showerheads have seen major improvements over the past few years and can now offer a luxurious shower experience while using a fraction of the water that your old showerhead did. These high efficiency heads are clearly labeled on the packaging and can be found inexpensively at any hardware or Markham plumbing supply store for you to install as soon as you get home. Just don’t forget the Teflon tape for the threads.

The final piece of the water saving puzzle is the faucet aerator, these pieces cost less than $5 and can be installed in about 30 seconds. All you need to do is unscrew the old end piece from the faucet in your sinks and replace them with the new aerators. Running an average faucet for 5 minutes uses the same amount of energy as a 60 watt light bulb uses in 14 hours, these aerators can reduce that usage by as much as 55%.

All of these water saving techniques can be easily implemented in a single afternoon and will leave you wondering why you didn’t do it sooner. For further tips on how you can save money in your home or business, give one of the experts at Preferred Plumbing a call today and we’ll be happy to help.