Saving water is a common topic during summer. We have some ideas that will help you save water – not only in summer but at any time of year. In the sun or in the rain – let’s save water! There are lots of ways to do it, and many don’t require any sacrifices at all. Read more below!
Saving water in the kitchen
Here, water is used non-stop, for cooking, cleaning and washing up. Below are some tips to reduce your consumption:
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl, not under running water.
- Water your plants with the water you used for washing vegetables.
- Save yourself from washing your dishes by hand – the dishwasher uses 3x less water.
- Choose an energy-efficient dishwasher and run it on only when it is completely full.
- Defrost your meat slowly in the fridge, not in water.Every now and again, take a pass on steak because huge quantities of water are needed to produce it.
Saving water in the bathroom
Daily routines in the bathroom can absorb huge amounts of water. Below are some good habits to pass on to your loved ones:
- The toilet is not a bin – throw cotton balls and wipes into a bin. As much as 40% of the water consumption in a home is used by flushing the toilet!
- Invest in a flush with an economy mode.
- Choose a quick shower instead of a long bath. This way your water consumption can drop by up to 60% per year.
- Check for leaky taps and pipes. Over a year, a dripping tap can cost you up to 6,000 litres of water!
- Cleaning the limescale deposits off your shower, bath and sinks consumes several litres of water every time. Install a water softener in your home and this will be a thing of the past!
- Turn off the tap when shaving and brushing your teeth. It can save up to 9 litres per minute.
Saving water in the garden
In the UK, hoses and sprinklers can use up to 1,000 litres of water an hour, so even if you’re only watering your plants for half an hour each day, you’re still using up to 500 litres of water for that. Despite the fact that the rain takes care of most of this, there are still some points to take into consideration:
- Choose plants that need less water, as this kind of garden can be very beautiful too! Plants that need less water include, but are not limited to:
- Blue spire sage
- Plant dry plants on slopes, and water-loving plants in depressions, where water accumulates for longer.
- Cover the surface layer of soil with a protective layer of plants and add organic matter like compost to the soil to prevent evaporation.
- Collect rainwater for watering using a water butt – it’s free!
- Water plants slowly, generously and rarely, instead of quickly, superficially and often.
- Water the plants either early in the morning or in the late afternoon so that the water does not evaporate in the sun.
- Use a hose with a sprinkler attachment, to get a more even spread.
Smart solutions to save water
We’re only human – sometimes we forget about running water, we don’t see the leak in time or it’s easier for us to wash the dishes under running water. It’s hard to save water at every step of the way and be on your guard all the time. It’s a good thing we have technology available to warn us about higher than usual water consumption to limit waste. Some options include:
- Applications that put our water consumption into numbers and charts, and that alert us when our consumption exceeds certain values, like the WiFi module in an eVOLUTION water softener.
- Toilets which have an economy flush option. These include dual flushing toilets, which have two different buttons for two different flush volumes – one for solids, and one for liquids. Another alternative for economically flushing toilets are ones which distribute water in several directions or use compressed air to create a stronger flush.
- Installing motion sensors in taps, so water only runs from the tap when the sensor detects movement.
- Installing thermostatic taps that immediately heat the water, rather than letting the water run until it gets hot.
- Aerators are installed in taps and mix the water flow with air. This decreases the amount of water that is used and prevents splashing to save water.
- Grey water circuits recuperate water that has already been used and repurpose it. This means that water used in the sink can be reused to flush toilets.
Our planet has limited water resources, although we do not notice it every day. Good habits around the house can be hugely beneficial for our wallets and all the Earth’s water resources. Let’s not waste water – let’s save it!