Water is a precious resource, and we must conserve it in every way possible. With the global population growing each day, water conservation is more important than ever before. If you’re on a water meter any reduction in consumption will directly result in saving money. If you’re not on a meter you could save money too by having one installed.
There are a number of things we can all do to reduce our usage of water, to help ensure there is enough for everyone.
Turning off Water while Brushing your Teeth
Standing by the sink, brushing your teeth and letting the water just run down the drain is a huge waste of water. Turn the tap off as you’re as brushing, then turn it back on again when you need to rinse.
Take Shorter Showers
The average time in the shower is typically 8-10 minutes, If we could all try and halve that time it would save a huge amount of water.
Catch Water for Plants while it Heats up
If you’re running the hot water, waiting for it to heat up, grab a container and catch the tepid water. You can use this water for house plants, or wherever else you may need it.
Catch Rain Water for Watering Plants
One successful way to conserve water and live more sustainably is by catching rain runoff from your gutters that will eventually end up as wasted water. Buy a water butt and attach a diverter to your downpipe from your gutter. This will catch the water when it rains. You can use this for watering plants or other purposes that don’t require clean drinking water.
Take Showers instead of Baths
A shower can use less water than a bath, on average about a fifth. Filling up the tub takes more water than you need to bathe in. Switching to the shower from the bath will save loads of water.
Turn off Water While Soaping Up
One way to conserve water and live more sustainably is to keep showers short. Another way to conserve water during a shower is to turn off the tap while you’re soaping up, and then turn it back on again when you need to rinse.
Plant More Edibles and Less Grass
A large lawn uses a lot of water to keep looking good. Consider providing space in your garden for growing vegetables, fruit, and herbs. Most are easy to produce and can be used to feed your family.
Mulch Plants Properly to Retain Water
One way to conserve water is by using natural mulch that helps trap moisture for plants. Once you’ve applied the mulch, make sure it’s at least damp before digging in your plant.
Turn off Your Water While You’re on Holiday
If you know that for a few days or weeks there won’t be anyone at home then try turning off your tap while you are away and conserve some water. This will eliminate any water wastage from dripping taps of leaky hoses.
Prune Plants Well
Growing plants? Make sure to prune the plants and discard any unwanted parts, as this will help conserve water. That’s because you aren’t wasting water on parts of the plant that you don’t want or maybe dying back.
Fill the Dishwasher before Running
When washing dishes, only run the dishwasher when it is full. This way, you conserve water by not running the dishwasher until it is full and therefore less often than if only part is full.
Fill the Washing Machine Before Using
To minimize wasted water and save on utility bills, wait until you have a full load before washing your clothes. More full loads equal less usage.
Use Leftover Cooking Water
When we make pasta or steamed vegetables, the water used to cook each becomes reusable and can be used in soups. Alternatively, allow it to cool and use it on your plants in the garden.
Fix Leaky Taps Immediately
Dripping tap? Get in contact with a plumber as soon as possible. One dripping tap can waste gallons of water quickly.
Measure the amount of watering
It is easy to waste water when you have several types of plants in your home and it may be difficult to accurately measure the amount of water each plant needs. To make sure you don’t unintentionally damage any plants, set up a plan for measuring the quantity of water that should be provided.
Making the most of your water
Conserving water doesn’t have to be a chore and it can save you a lot of money while helping to protect the environment. Think of the uses you could find for your recycled water, such as washing the car. By making a few subtle changes to your daily routine, you can benefit yourself and everyone else by saving precious resources.