Six Ways to Save More Water
There are many things we can do to help protect the environment and, as a global community, we have the ability to slow climate change. One of the easiest ways to do your bit is to be more aware of the water you use. Despite rising sea levels and melting ice caps, there is actually only a very small amount of clean, safe drinking water for humans to use. By reducing wastage and pollution, we can ensure our services are able to provide the hydrating product we need for many generations to come. Here are some ways you can help.
Keep Your Showers Short
The longer you stand under running water, the more you are potentially wasting. While washing is an essential practice, you can reduce the amount of water you use by setting a timer so you know when you’ve been in the shower too long. You can also switch to a shower head that is more efficient when it comes to distributing the water.
Don’t Leave Taps Running
Whether you are filling up your washing-up bowl or just brushing your teeth, make sure you turn off the taps as soon as you have what you need. It is a simple task, but it is surprising how many of us leave the water running while we gather plates and cutlery to be washed.
Make Sure the Washing Machine is Full
Make the most of every wash load by ensuring the washing machine is full before turning it on. It might be more inconvenient, but half-loads waste a lot of water.
Be Aware of What You Eat
This might be a surprising one, but limiting your food waste really does have an impact on our water supply. As so much water is used in agriculture, wasted foods represent wasted water. The more you waste, the more you buy, which in turn leads to more water being used. Try to use up every morsel by meal planning and writing a shopping list so that nothing goes to waste.
Water Your Plants in the Evening
If you are a keen gardener, you can reduce your water use by only watering your plants in the evening or first thing in the morning. When you fill up your watering can in the middle of the day, most of the water evaporates, so that your plants require even more to keep them healthy. You get more water-saving brownie points if you have a water butt that can collect rainwater for you to redistribute across your garden, rather than using a hose or water from the tap.
Invest in a Dishwasher
A fully loaded dishwasher uses less water per item than washing-up by hand, which is a fantastic excuse for being a little bit lazier after dinner!
You may have noticed that a lot of these tips have the added bonus of saving you money on your water bill, as well as protecting the environment. Which really means there is no excuse not to make the effort!