Table of contents
- Save on Water
- #1 Save on Water by Checking Your Pipes
- #2 Brushing Your Teeth to Save Water at Home
- #4 Take Shorter Showers to Save Water at Home
- #5 Washing Your Car to save water at home
- #5 Is Your Toilet Leaking?
- #6 Get a Dishwasher
- #7 Save on Water at home by Only Running Your Washing Machine with a Full Load
- Simple ways to save water
Save on Water
Save water at home to sustain your household budget and the planet. We have seven simple tips that will help you to survive when access to fresh water is limited. These tips will also help you to reduce your water bill.
#1 Save on Water by Checking Your Pipes
All the water pipes on your side of the curb (or more accurately the water meter) are your responsibility. This means any water leaking out of them will be paid for by you. As a result, detecting and eliminating any leakage from your water pipes will save you water and money!
An easy way to check for leaks is to turn off all the taps in your house before going out. You then read the meter. When you return after a few hours, if the meter is on the same number, everything is sweet. Otherwise, you probably have a leak, and it may well be worth finding and repairing it.
#2 Brushing Your Teeth to Save Water at Home
Do not leave the tap running while you are brushing your teeth. Wet your tooth bush and then turn the tap off. After you have finished brushing you can turn the tap on again for a quick rinse.
#3 Low Flow Shower-heads
Moving to a water-efficient showerhead is a very good move. Changing over to a low-flow shower-head will reduce your hot water usage by around 50%. Consequently this means you are not just saving on your water bill, you are saving on your electricity bill as well.
#4 Take Shorter Showers to Save Water at Home
A lot of your daily water usage is taken up by showering. If you limit your showers at 4 minutes, you could reduce your overall water use by as much as 20%.
#5 Washing Your Car to save water at home
We have two useful tips here. Firstly, wash your car with a bucket and soap, rather than a hose. You will save water not having a hose running during the whole procedure. Secondly, park your car on your lawn or near a garden while washing it.
#5 Is Your Toilet Leaking?
Check your toilet for hidden leaks. There is a simple way to check. So put a few drops of food dye in the cistern, and wait an hour or two. Then take a look at the bowl. Is there any colour? If yes, you have a leak.
#6 Get a Dishwasher
If you can purchase a dishwasher, do it! You will save water using a dishwasher, just make sure you fill it up completely before you turn it on. This will use less water than hand washing, even if you’re using a washing-up bowl.
Using a dishwasher every night instead of hand-washing for 10 minutes will save 370 litres of water per week. That’s more than 19,500 litres in a year.
#7 Save on Water at home by Only Running Your Washing Machine with a Full Load
Only use your washing machine with full loads to optimise water usage, or change the settings to suit the load. Another tip that will help you save on electricity is to run your washing machine at ‘off-peak times’. Your electricity supplier will know when this is.
Simple ways to save water
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