Water is the world’s most precious resource, and conserving it has become more important than ever. With a growing population and limited water supply, making a few small changes to your usual routine can make a real difference.
Water conservation comes with a number of environmental benefits. It reduces energy demand, minimizes the effects of drought and allows us to maintain water sources for future generations. By doing your bit for the environment, you can also save those precious pennies and reduce your annual water bill. I think that’s a win-win!
Saving water doesn’t require expensive installations or time consuming DIY ‘hacks’. Just a few a behavioural changes and some smart heating and plumbing products can increase your water efficiency enormously. Don’t worry if you can’t do everything on this list, just pick a few things to start with and do as much as you can.
#1 Ditch those habits!
Sometimes it’s the smallest of changes that can make the biggest of differences. Many of us leave the water running when cleaning our teeth, but in doing so you will waste up to 5 gallons of water! Likewise, it’s far more economical to turn off the tap whilst shaving or washing your hands. In terms of household chores, avoid the temptation to wash dishes individually under the tap and opt for washing pots in the sink or washing bowl full of water. This way, you can scrub those stubborn stains off pots and pans whilst limiting the amount of water you use.
#2 Soak sustainably
When asked, most people will tell you that showering is more eco-friendly than bathing. This can be a common misconception. A standard bath uses around 35 gallons of water, and a standard shower head uses around 2.5 gallons per minute. If you like a shower that lasts longer than 15 minutes, then you could be using far more water than a standard 35 gallon bath would. The most sustainable option depends on how long you wish to wash for.
#3 Go Digital
Digital showers are the latest innovation in showering technology and are perfect for the eco-conscious family. A sleek digital controller replaces the traditional mixer bar and you can programme the water flow, temperature and duration time at the touch of a button. Ideal for maximising parental control, you can set a timer which will shut off the water flow after a certain amount of minutes. This prevents your children from racking up the water bill! Digital showers offer a luxurious shower experience that is superior to standard models and they provide a multitude of showerhead and spray options.
#4 Detect Leaks
A dripping tap or a leaking faucet may seem like a small inconvenience, but depending on the severity of the leak, you could be wasting hundreds or thousands of gallons of water a year. According to the National Sanitation Foundation, a leaky toilet could waste up to 500 gallons of water a day. Place a dye tablet in the toilet sink and watch to see if the dye seeps into the bowl. If it does, then you have a leak that needs to be addressed. Old taps and showerheads may also leak significant amounts a year, so make sure you check all bathroom taps for any problems. This way, you can rest easy knowing that you aren’t pouring money down the train.
#5 Make small adjustments
To save those precious pennies, consider adding discrete water-saving fittings to your bathroom fixtures. A tap aerator screws onto the bottom of your tap and reduces water flow without reducing water pressure. Retrofit dual flush toilet plates can also be easily installed and can reduce water usage by up to 30%. For those who are more committed to the cause, a low flow showerhead will provide a satisfying shower experience and can reduce your water bill by 25-60%.
By following just a few of these simple tips and tricks, you can protect the environment as well as your bank balance.