How to save water around the home?
Did you know that the average person uses around 150 litres of water every single day? This amount refers solely to indoor home use and doesn’t include the water it takes to create the products we buy or the water we use, for example, when gardening.
Water may seem like an abundant resource given our ability to access it readily from our water supplies at the turn of a tap, but it is actually very difficult to replenish safe drinking water once it has been wasted. Both wastewater treatment and the process of making water safe to drink are complicated processes that rely on precious resources and specialist facilities that also consume other energy types.
5 ways you can save water around the home
The good news is that every one of us can help by adopting small changes that aid water conservation. Even the smallest of steps add up to a big impact in the long run!
1. Collect rainwater with water butts
If you live in a house with a garden, it’s best to water any plants and flowers with rainwater. However, since we can’t rely on rain in the summer months, we often turn to watering ours garden. In this case, water butts provide an ideal solution given they collect around 5,000 litres of water a year!
2. Take showers instead of baths
Typically, taking a shower uses between 6 and 30 litres per minute, whereas a bath consumes roughly 80 litres. Therefore, taking a shower instead of a bath is the best thing to do if you want to save water.
However, there are some exceptions – it all depends on how long you shower for and how much you fill your bath. Taking a bath in a half-full tub is better than a 15-minute shower.
3. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
Do you leave the tap running when brushing your teeth? Turning it off is one of the easiest ways to start contributing to water conservation - this can actually save 6 litres of water per minute.
4. Fix your dripping tap
Just one dripping tap could be wasting around 15 litres of water in your home per day, or 5,500 litres per year. Learn to fix a dripping tap or hire a plumber to do it for you – it certainly pays off.
5. Fully load your washing machine and dishwasher
Stop running a half-loaded washing machine or dishwasher. Make sure to load both of these fully before starting a cycle to minimise unnecessary washes in between. Doing so will help save water but also make your money go further too!