Low-flow fixtures / Guides

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...fixtures are getting old, consider installing low-flow showerheads , and aerators on your taps. Not a lot of thought was put into water conservation in the days of old, and fixtures reflected that. It doesn't cost much to replace them with modern efficient ones, and you could feasibly cut your consumption in half if yo...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...low-flow showerhead Standard shower heads will use as much as 9.5 litres per minute (lpm), though there are still some being sold that use as much as 14 litres per minute. Some of the earlier low-flow models (which can still be found in the more affordable roadside motels) offer a completely unrewarding mist that can...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...fixtures and toilets will save a considerable amount of water and money, and probably the quickest and cheapest way to save hot water is a low flow showerhead . They are no longer the painful jets that you find in cheap roadside motels, with modern low flow showerheads you wouldn't even be able to tell the difference. ...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...Low-flow showerheads are worth the money, and you won't notice the difference except in your wallet Low-flow showerheads: Switching to a low-flow efficient showerhead can sometimes pay for itself in a matter of months , by saving between 3 and 8 litres of hot water per minute as you shower. And there is no sacrif...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom; good thick curtains are very effective in reducing heat loss; install electronic thermostats to reduce heat consumption, and use zero VOC paints. You can also install LED or compact fluorescent bulbs , caulk and foam any gaps, and cover your windows with plastic in winter. These ...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...low-flow plumbing fixtures and high-efficiency lighting . Complementary to this approach, a key sustainable strategy was the decision not to increase the footprint of the house and to maintain the existing exterior brick walls while adding high-performance insulation [previously there was no insulation] and ample hig...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...fixtures can also be swapped out for a quiet and efficient ceiling fan to help you sleep . Keep a cold bathtub ready for a plunge. On those hot days and nights, we generally aren't elaborately dressed, so going for a quick dunk in an existing tub of water to being dried and dressed again can take as little as a coupl...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...fixtures are low-flow. The residual heat in wastewater is collected through a single stack drain that is connected to a Drain Water Heat Recovery System . The foundation’s sump pump is equipped with a valve to allow for watering of the yard. Annual water consumption of the home is 140,000 litres; 28,000 litres per occu...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...fixtures: Leaky faucet By using approximately 350 litres of water per person, per day, in a world where a billion people survive on 5 litres per day, Canadians have earned the dubious distinction of being the highest per capita consumers of water on the planet. For that reason, the fixtures and appliances you c...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...Low-flow plumbing fixtures that help the house use about 60% less water than a conventional home Zero-energy high performance septic waste-water treatment system Reclaimed and recycled materials, including a Silestone Cosentino Eco Line quartz countertop made with porcelain plates, bottles, and mirrors A wood cei...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...fixtures and fittings can contribute to help improve the sustainability of our homes. Water-efficient fixtures in EcoHome prefab kit homes use only 50% of equivalent new homes in North America High efficiency washing machine Condensing dryer that does not exhaust heat to the outside and avoids the need for a dr...