It is inorganic, transparent, nearly colorless, odorless, and sometimes tasteless. It is one of the main constituents of the earth and used by all living organisms. It is a necessary form of life even without calories and organic nutrients, yet, it is still the most misused resource in most instances. Have you ever wondered how you can help conserve this precious commodity? Your contribution, even in the smallest way possible, can help save water.
You have probably heard of various ways of saving water. In this article, we will explore ways of saving water in the most practical way possible. They are hands-on and easy to implement. Knowledge is power; therefore, let’s explore the most effective ways to save water at home!
Kitchen and Laundry
The kitchen and laundry take the highest percentage of water consumption around the home; therefore, it is crucial to know how to conserve water in these two areas. For the kitchen, If you are washing your utensils by hand, ensure you close the tap when you are lathering your utensils with soap. Don’t let the water run unless it is time to rinse the dishes. Also, just like in the dishwasher option, ensure you scrape off excess food on the plate by hand instead of rinsing. If you are using a dishwasher, instead of rinsing off excess foods from the plate before loading in the dishwasher, scrape it off instead, by hand, then load the dishwasher. Also, fill your dishwasher because half load uses more water.
You can re-use the water used for rinsing to flush toilets, mop the floor, or wash the veranda during laundry. Also, the ‘warm-up water’ in a washing machine can be collected and used to water a plant. To recycle water, capture run-off water from your dishwasher or washing machine in a reservoir and use it to either flush toilets, water your lawn, or even wash your pet without having to use more potable water.
Bathroom and Toilet
We use the bathroom every day, which increases water consumption, especially in a house with more than one occupant. Showers make up almost 25% of total household water use, so there is a need to save more water in this sector. To cut water consumption in the bathroom, you can reduce your shower time by 2 minutes. It may sound like a simple thing, but this habit can save up to about 30% of water. You can either use a timer or sing your favorite song (that is 4 minutes long) to time your showers. You can also use water-efficient shower-heads to save up to 20,000L a year, and while you wait for your water to heat, you can collect the cold water in a bucket and use it to water your plants and garden.
The toilet constitutes about 20% of the water used around the home. To save water in the toilet, you can either upgrade your single flush toilet to a dual flush system and save up to 80L of water per day. Also, check for leaks in your toilet, which can cause you to waste a lot of water. To check for an invisible leak, drop some food coloring into your toilet bowl, and let sit overnight. If by morning, the water in the toilet bowl is clear, without a trace of the food coloring and without you flushing your toilet, then it means it has a leak and needs immediate fixing.
Garden and Lawn
It is incredible how a garden or lawn can improve the general outlook of your home. A little love and care can make your lawn thrive and look magnificent, but this should not be expensive. We know you have to maintain your garden by watering and mowing from time to time, and watering the garden constitutes about 30% of water consumption in the home.
Some wise ways to save water while gardening are to improve your soil, ensure it retains more moisture, and save you from frequent watering, which results in more water consumption. Water only when it matters, and water at the root. The time of watering also matters; early morning and late evenings are ideal. Avoid watering the garden when the sun is high up, as the water will be absorbed into the atmosphere faster, leaning your garden dry, thus requiring more watering.
Water conservation starts with you! The water-saving tips mentioned above are not only applicable at home but also in the office environment. Take an initiative to educate employees on the benefits of water conservation techniques and start saving water in the office. You can have buckets to catch grey-water from hand-washing to use for flushing toilets. Also, switch the office over to eco-friendly toilet paper that requires little water to flush down the grade, and oh, it is biodegradable. Double win!