Water

Myth: Washing dishes by hand uses less water than a dishwasher.

Fact: It depends: People underestimate how much hot water they use to hand-wash, and some models of dishwashers are very efficient. Find out what you can about the model of dishwasher that you own.

Just around home, the average Canadian uses about 340 liters of water per day. Home conservation measures can make a big difference to sustaining our water resources so see if you can make use of these tips:

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  • Turn off the tap when you are washing dishes, soaping up in the shower, and brushing your teeth.
  • Take shorter showers or shallower baths.
  • Install a low flow shower head. You can find these at most hardware stores and home centers and they are easy to install.
  • Only using your dishwasher and clothes washer when you have full loads.
  • Collect rainwater to water your plants.
  • Reduce the amount of water needed per flush by installing commercial devices or by placing a pop bottle filled with water in your toilet tank.
  • Drippy faucet? Get it fixed. You'd be surprised how much water (and energy if it's hot water) that you're wasting.
  • Use biodegradable, concentrated, non-toxic cleaning products free of phosphates and dyes. 

Waste

Myth: The majority of stuff in the landfill isn't recyclable even if we were more diligent in our recycling efforts.

Fact: 80% of material currently in the landfill is recyclable.

Small choices have a big impact so check out the following tips to make a difference!

  • Know and practice the waste hierarchy.
  • Recycle! Properly! If you live in Saskatoon, use your curbside recycling.
  • Start a back yard composter or an indoor worm bin composter for food scraps, depending on your living space. The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council provides valuable information for understanding the “how to” of residential composting.
  • Donate your used clothes, furniture, books, appliances, and other items to charity. This helps raise money for social programs and reduces waste. The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council lists agencies that accept used household articles and clothing.
  • Use cloths, rags, brushes and brooms instead of disposable cleaning supplies to reduce your waste.
  • Dispose of hazardous wastes responsibly. The City holds monthly Household Hazardous Waste days.

Yards and Gardening

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