Top Ten Tips to Save Water at Home
Water needs a whole new mindset. It's the one resource upon which everything else depends and although it covers 70% of the world's surface, just 3% of all the water on the planet is fresh, meaning the rest is salt water and not drinkable. And what has technically always been considered a renewable resource it is increasingly under pressure.
From consumption to manufacturing, engineering and farming, there isn't much that goes on in this world that doesn't rely on water in some capacity so we each have a great responsibility to really appreciate our access to clean water and make sure we don't waste a single drop.
Here are our top ten tips on reducing our water footprint and making sure we don't waste what we have:
Fix a leaking tap. And if you can't fix it right away put a container underneath and use the water collected for plants etc. Average saving: 2,700 gallons per year.
Fill the sink or a bowl when washing up, pre soak really dirty dishes or look into getting a water efficient dishwasher. Average savings for a water efficient dishwasher: 9 gallons per cycle.
Don't leave the tap running when brushing your teeth, having a shave, washing your hair etc. Average savings: 4 gallons each time.
When you're waiting for the hot water to run through to the hot tap, put a container underneath so all that clean, unused water doesn't run straight into the sewer. Use it to soak dishes, water plants and so on.
If you have a garden, get a water butt so you can use rainwater to water it and use old water from drinking glasses and washing veg etc. to water potted plants. A garden hose or sprinkler can use as much water in an hour as the average family of four uses in a day.
Lawns can use a LOT of water. If you have a lawn adjust your lawnmower to a higher setting because longer lawns need less water than closely clipped ones. Use sprinklers only when needed (check the weather forecast) to water large areas and water small patches by hand. Some experts estimate that 50% of water used in gardens is wasted due to evaporation or run off from over watering.
Take a shower instead of a bath (a bath uses 70 gallons on average) and if your shower is old replace the head with a newer water efficient type. Average savings for a low-flow showerhead: 15 gallons per shower.
Get a water meter. It will remind you that you are paying for every drop you use and often works out cheaper.
Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are full before you do a wash and check your wash time. Do you have an eco wash you can use? Most clothes only need a refresh rather than hours of washing. When it's time to buy new devices make sure they have cycle and load size adjustments so you can save energy and time as well as water.
Use a displacement device in your toilet cistern/tank so you use less water with each flush. Check for leaks: put a few drops of food colouring in your tank and wait for 10 minutes - if it colours the water in the bowl you have a leak and need to check the mechanism.
If we each make these small changes to the way we wash ourselves, our dishes and our clothes we could easily save in excess of 360 litres/90 gallons A DAY. PER PERSON. Never mind the rest of the people we live with, our gardens and our cars!
Share these tips with your friends, family, children, work colleagues and anyone else who will listen and help others save precious water too!
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