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Water Saving tips on world water day

World Water Day has been observed since 1993 when the United Nations declared March 22nd as "World Water Day".  Here are a few suggestions we can implement to save water and green our home:

Conserve water - Fresh water comprises just 3% the world’s total water supply, so conserve. Get a rain barrel and harvest water you can use in your garden. Local governments such as Vancouver and Richmond will subsidize the cost.

High efficiency or dual flush (you choose the amount of water used) toilets - These are now required in new homes because of water savings.

Low flow shower - Hot water accounts for 25% of your energy costs. Showers can be the largest single contributor to overall hot water use in a home, accounting for 15% of total household energy use. Save with a low-flow showerhead.

Less lawn - Lawns waste water. Instead conserve and beautify using indigenous plants such as ferns, tiger lilies and hostas.

Drip irrigation - It saves water compared to sprinklers.

Upgrade your washing machine - Replace your old washing machine with an ENERGY STAR washer that gets clothes clean using cold water and BC Hydro will rebate you $75. Wait until you have a full load instead of washing clothes as you need them. Clean your lint trap after every use.

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