Tips for Using Water More Efficiently in the Home
We are all becoming more aware of our environmental impact, but, we could all do with a little help, so we have compiled a list of easy tips for using water more efficiently in the home.
When looking at the earth from space, it would seem that we are not in short supply of water, however of the 71% of the water that covers the earth’s surface, fresh water only accounts for 2.5% of the total.
Furthermore, globally we are consuming more water in the last century at twice the rate of population increase, which is putting more strain on our resources.
Water and energy use
Energy is required to treat and pump the water into our homes so that we can have clean water for drinking, washing, and flushing the toilet. Therefore, the more water we use, the more energy we consume, which contributes to greenhouse gases and climate change.
Heating, treating and cleaning water all contribute to using more energy, so by making small changes not only are you helping the environment, you will save money on your water bills as well.
There are numerous ways in which households can use water more efficiently. Turning the tap off while you are brushing your teeth, will save six litres of water a minute. Also, by watering your plants by hand and not using a sprinkler, you will cut water use by 33%.
- Fill your kettle with enough water that you need for a cup of tea.
- Install a low flush toilet, or use a water-saving bag for older systems. The average household flushes the toilet 5,000 times a year, and this would save a third of the water used for each flush.
- Power showers use 17 litres of water a minute. Set a timer on your phone so that you take shorter showers, also investing in an efficient showerhead will save water.
- Steaming vegetables uses less water while retaining all the nutrients.
- Rinse vegetables in the container.
- Use a bowl when washing up. A running tap uses nine litres of water per minute.
- When cleaning your teeth, turn the tap off when brushing. A running tap uses nine litres of water per minute.
- Keep a jug of water cool in the fridge, rather than running the tap to wait for it to cool.
- Only use your washing machine when you have a full load.
- Regularly check your home for leaks.
- Spend one minute less for your daily shower.
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