As a nation we waste gallons upon gallons of water every single minute. Being eco-friendly and trying to save on the amount of water that your household consumes can be easier than you think. Here are 7 great tips to help you on your way.
1. Washing Up
When you’re washing the dishes by hand, don’t allow the tap to run at the same time. You should use a sink containing soapy water for washing and another one with clear rinsing water. The same goes for greasy pots and pans. Let them soak for a few hours rather than running the hot water constantly and scrubbing away. This method will save you some elbow grease as well.
To conserve water when gardening you need to choose plants and shrubs which are drought friendly. This will mean that they will continue to thrive even if there is a hosepipe ban. If you really must water your lawn then you should set your sprinkler to a lower output so that only the lawn gets watered and not the rest of the street. Always water lawns during morning time or the evening when it is much cooler because the water will have less chance of evaporating when the temperatures are lower. If you plan ahead you can plant things in your back yard in the fall when it will be much cooler and more rainfall is likely. Try and use a watering can rather than a hosepipe to give your plants a drink as this is the ideal way to water plants without waste.
3. Household Waste
Try and use household waste to make compost rather than using your garbage disposal to get rid of your unwanted leftovers. The garbage disposal should be used sparingly to save water.
If you are using water inside the house to wash vegetables or fruit then you should keep this water and use it to water house plants or plants outside. This ensures that you are not wasting one single drop of water and by walking to and from the kitchen to the back yard you will be burning calories!
5. Household Applicances
Just choose one glass and one cup when you are staying at home for the day. By doing this you are saving up on washing up. Don’t start the dishwasher on to a cycle unless it’s full as this is more economic and will help to conserve water. You should also have low flow fittings on your shower heads and faucets to reduce the water output.
Take shorter showers and avoid baths because filling the tub uses up a lot of valuable water. In order to save even more water as well as time (especially on a morning) you could wash your face and brush your teeth while having a shower.
Placing food coloring into your toilet tank or cistern will alert you to any leaks that you may have. If the dye leaks into the toilet you will know that you have a leak and you can then have it fixed. Having this type of leak corrected can save around one thousand gallons a month. Leaks around the house should always be addressed as soon as you notice them. It is usually something minor like a loose nut or washer so these jobs can usually be carried out fairly quickly.
Just remember to be mindful when you need to use water and give some thought to the waste and ask yourself if it’s necessary to run the hot tap while you are brushing your teeth or doing the dishes. The planet would be a better place if we all used a little common sense and stopped wasting so much water. Water should not be taken for granted. It is precious and should therefore be treated with the respect it is owed.
Photo by Kris Bradley