Top 5 ways to save water
Published 03/07/2015 | 08:30
Some figures suggest that today just 1% of the world’s water is fit for human consumption, so there has never been a better time to conserve it.
1 Keep it brief
There’s nothing like having a long shower to unwind after a tough day. However, you could be using up to 18 litres of water per minute during that luxuriate scrub!
The shower is the third biggest water consumer in the home, after washing machines and toilets, so by reducing the time spent in the shower you can save on water and money. Installing a water efficient shower head is another great way to save water as they use up to 30% less water.
A good rule of thumb is that a shower should be as long as one 3 minute song. If it’s less, even better. One song more is Ok but if you find you’re sing three different tunes in the shower then time to rethink your shower habits.
2 Leaking Money?
Did you know that a leaky toilet could waste over 750 litres of water a day? Or where you aware that a leaky tap could use an unnecessary 11 litres of water over the course of 24 hours. By repairing leaks early you can save a lot of water and hassle. If your appliances are old, you want to consider investing in a more water efficient model...
For persisting problems it’s always advisable to contact a plumber, although sometimes a leaky tap can be solved with just a turn of a spanner.
3 ‘Grey’ water is your friend
When you’re finished washing the vegetables, what do you do with the left over water? Or what about when you’re changing your pet’s drinking water? Do you ever just throw away what’s in the bowl? Maybe you should think twice, because the water has some use. While drinking the ‘grey’ water is not recommended, there’s no need to throw it down the drain. Plants don’t need fresh water to survive, so why not use this excess water in the garden?
Get into the habit of pouring that left over glass of water on the bedside locker into a potted plant it’s the little habits t at combine to make big savings.
4 Fill it up
The dishwasher and washing machine are together two of the biggest water hogs in your home. A washing machine on full load consumes 65 litres of water, while dishwashers use around 20 litres. However, only half loading these appliances you are wasting water, energy and money. Always remember to only turn them n when they are full and you’ll save cash and H2O.
Another great way to conserve water is to only put the water you need into the kettle. By not filling the kettle to the brim each time you will also save electricity.
5 Being great outdoors
Garden hoses are notoriously inefficient water users. The average hose will spray more water in an hour than an entire home will use in a day! When cleaning windows and cars, use a bucket of water. That way you will only use what you need. And as previously mentioned, use any ‘grey’ water that isn’t soapy on your plants. When using fresh water from the hose on plants use a watering can. Spraying your shrubs and flower beds with the hose is wasteful.
Millions of litres of water are wasted during the summer months in keeping the grass on lawns looking green. While grass can become brown or yellow in hot weather, it doesn’t die. Hold off on dousing your lawn with water. Wait until the rain comes (which won’t be long in Ireland!)And when it does it will be glowing green in no time.
Kids can help too – three ways the little ones can save water
Make sure the tap is off when brushing teeth, this can save up to six litres per minute.
When bathing your pets, do it outside on the lawn, so you double the water’s use and have fun on a sunny day.
If you can drop ice cubes by accident, remember not to throw them in the bin or sink. Put them into a pet’s bowl or a potted plant.