There may be abundant water where we live, but that isn’t the case in many other parts of the world. With hundreds of millions of people worldwide not having access to clean water, the least we could do is adopt a more responsible attitude towards water, and make conscious efforts to conserve it. Here are 6 ways to save water at home.
1. Check for leaks and fix them
Few things waste water the way leaking pipes do. The leak could be small, but one small leak can waste up to 75 litres of water a day. So check for leaks and if you find one, get it fixed the soonest possible time. You save water, and you’ll get lower water bills too.
2. Switch to more efficient faucets and showerheads
Faucets and showerheads that are more efficient at water use are widely available today, and it’s only wise to have them replace your regular fixtures. In Australia, buy products that bear Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards or WELS star ratings, for they generate some 25 per cent of water savings.
3. Take shorter showers
One four-minute shower uses 75 to 150 litres of water. If you can bring it down to three minutes, you already save a significant amount of water. Tell everyone in your household to do the same, and you’ll be saving even more.
4. Install high efficiency toilets
If you have a regular toilet, know that every flush uses up to 26 litres of water. Compare that to the 5 litres of water that a high efficiency toilet uses with a single flush, and you’ll see how much water you’ve been wasting your entire life. It’s not too late though. Install a high efficiency toilet, and you’ll be able to make up for all that wasted water.
5. Always wash with a full load
Are you in the habit of washing dishes and clothes piecemeal? If you are, then you are wasting a lot of water. To maximise water use and save on electricity as well, always wash with a full load. You are going to save approximately 10 litres of water with each wash.
6. Save water outside
When we have plants and a well-manicured lawn, watering it regularly is part of our responsibility. However, to save water, we have to make smart decisions when it comes to watering the grass and plants. If you water them every day, try watering them every other day. It would also be great if you do your watering early in the morning, not when the sun’s already high up. That’s because watering early gives the ground the chance absorb the water more fully. Do your watering under the heat of the sun, and most of that water will just evaporate.
You can also steer clear of using a hose when cleaning your yard or driveway. A bucket of water and a broom should do it.
There are many other ways that you can save water. Try doing all of them, and see how much water you’re going to save in the long run.