Water saving is a common topic during summer. We’ll present you with ideas and innovations that will help reduce your water consumption – not only in summer, but at any time of year. In the sun or in the rain – let’s save water! There are many ways to do it, that don’t require many sacrifices. Read on below!
Saving water in the kitchen
Here, water is used non-stop, for cooking, cleaning, 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.
- Defrost your meat slowly in the fridge, not in water.
- Choose an energy-efficient dishwasher and run it on only when it is completely full.
- Every now and again, take a pass on steak – to produce it, huge quantities of water are used.
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 garbage bin – throw cotton balls and wipes into the basket. As much as 40% of the water consumption in a home is used flushing the toilet!
- Choose a quick shower instead of a long bath. This way your water consumption can drop by up to 60% per year.
- Check for leaks. Over a year, a dripping faucet can cost you up to 6000 liters of water!
- Cleaning the limescale deposits off your shower cabin, bath and sinks consumes several liters of water every time – by installing a water softener at home, this is a thing of the past!
- Close the tap when shaving and brushing your teeth. It’s about 9liters per minute.
- Invest in a flush with an economy mode.
Saving water in the garden
A well-kept garden of 50 m2 can consume up to 1000 liters of water a day, whereas a larger garden of 300 m2 can consume up to 360,000 liters per year. Despite the fact that the rain takes care of most of this, here are still some points to take into consideration:
- Choose plants that need less water, this kind of garden can be very beautiful too!
- Plant dry plants on slopes, and water-loving plants in depressions, where water accumulates for longer.
- Cover the surface with a protective layer of plants and add organic matter like compost to the soil to prevent evaporation.
- Collect rainwater for watering – 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, to get a more even spread.
Smart solutions to save water
We are only human – sometimes we forget about running water, we do not see the leak in time, it’s easier for us to wash the dishes under running water … It’s hard to save water at every step and be on your guard all the time. Good thing we have technology available warn us about higher than usual water consumption or 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.
- Economically flushed toilets (distribution of water in several directions).
- Sensors in faucets, so water only runs from the tap when the sensor detects movement.
- Thermostatic faucets that immediately heat the water, rather than letting the water run until it gets hot.
- Aerators, increasing water volume.
- Gray water circuits, which recuperate water – for example water used in the sink is reused to flush toilets.
We have limited water resources, although we do not feel it every day. Good habits around the house can be hugely beneficial for our wallets and all water resources on Earth. Let’s not waste water – let’s save it!