In this precarious economy, people are always looking for additional ways to save some money. And with summer upon us, there’s an automatic increased water usage. Here are a few simple tips for reducing water-waste around the house.
TURN OFF THE TAPS
About nine liters of water are wasted if the tap is left open while you brush your teeth or while you wash fruits and vegetables.
– Save the cold water that comes through before a tap runs hot, and use it to water plants.
– Keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of waiting for the tap to run cold.
– Turn off the tap when you’re shaving or brushing your teeth.
– Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl full of water rather than under a running tap.
FLUSH LESS WATER DOWN THE TOILET
Flushing is responsible for almost a third of a home’s water usage. You likely flush away as much water in a day as you drink in an entire week.
– Install a water saving device—a bag or brick in the cistern of a higher flush toilet.
– When buying a new toilet, choose a water-saving low-flush or dual-flush version.
– Fit a variable flushing device to an existing higher-flush toilet.
– Throw cotton wool, sanitary products and other waste in the wastebasket, not the toilet.
TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS
Most commercial showers are not water efficient; they’ll consume more water than a bath if they last more than five minutes. One minute off in your shower time for a family of five will save 15,000 liters of water a year.
FIX DRIPPING TAPS AND LEAKS
A dripping tap wastes 16 liters of water a day. A new washer costs pennies, can be fitted in minutes, and saves both water and money.
Put lagging on your outside pipes to help avoid burst pipes and leaks in winter.
USE WATERLESS CAR WASH
Waterless car wash allows you to clean your car without using copious amount of H20. According to The Environmental Protection Association, traditional car washing with conventional soap and a hose can waste up to 116 gallons of water per wash.
Browse the Internet to discover a variety of waterless car wash products. Utilizing one of these will save you not just water, but time, money and effort, as well!