10 ways to cut your water bill this summer

NC — In case you hadn't noticed, the cost of living is on the rise. From the grocery cart to your gas tank and everywhere in between, prices for day–to–day goods are near record highs. While you can't do much about the price of wheat or crude oil, there's one area of your home where a few quick fixes can translate into real savings: your water bill.

Follow these 10 tips and you could shave as much as 20 per cent off your annual water bill:

1. Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are fully loaded before pressing 'start'. By running fewer and fuller washes, you'll use less water and energy.

2. If you don't already have one, install a low–flow showerhead.

3. Install a low–flow toilet. Or place a pop bottle filled with sand or water in your toilet tank. You'll use less water every time you flush.

4. Stop washing your car at home. Many people think it saves water but it doesn't. Most car washes have water recycling systems and cost just a few dollars per visit.

5. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.

6. Check for (and fix) leaky taps and faucets. Even a small leak can waste thousands of litres of water per year.

7. Attach a rain barrel to your downspout to collect water for plants, flowers, etc.

8. Avoid using your toilet as a garbage can. Flushing a cigarette butt, wad of gum or a tissue can use as much as 14 litres of water (depending on the age of your toilet).

9. Keep a jug of water in the fridge to avoid having to run water from the tap until it's cold.

10. Replace your old dishwasher or washing machine with a model that's more water and energy efficient.

To celebrate our most precious resource, RBC has launched Join the Wavean online campaign to create a global wave of support for water protection. To participate, simply upload your photo and a message about water to our Facebook stadium at www.facebook.com/rbcbluewaterproject.

To learn more about protecting water, visit the RBC Blue Water Project at www.rbc.com/bluewater.


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