Are you feeling guilty about your water usage, or have you felt the financial sting of a recent water bill? There are many easy ways to reduce your water consumption, which only require very small changes to your lifestyle. No, seriously, it’s not as hard as you think. And with our world water usage at staggeringly high levels as shown in the graphic below, it’s more important now than ever to reduce our global water consumption. And it all starts at home.
Replace Old Appliances
Old appliances are unlikely to have modern, top drawer water efficiency, so if your appliance is past its best, it’s worth investing in a new model which has a high efficiency rating (in both water and energy conservation). You may be able to eventually recover the cost of your purchase in lower energy/water bills.
Change Your Showerhead
If you like a luxurious shower, you will be relieved to hear that you can find showerheads that retain the same water pressure, but also reduce the water flow, leading to a more efficient shower experience without compromising on relaxation time.
Reduce Time Spent in the Shower
Just being aware of how long you are spending in the shower can help you step out earlier than usual. Shower timers are great for this, and you can compete with yourself to see how quickly you can scrub up, wash your hair, and get out ready to face the day. This is also fantastic if you are short of time, as it’s easy to lose track of the minutes when you’re daydreaming in a warm shower (it happens).
Many appliances that use water now have an ‘eco’ or ‘economy’ setting, which will help you save water and money. Try to select this setting for most of your tasks. You’ll often find that it works just as well as more resource-consumptive settings, but it’s better for the environment and for your pocket, too.
Watch Your Brews
Only fill up the kettle with as much water as you need. Teapots are a great way to provide multiple cups of tea without having to boil the kettle again too. You could even knit yourself a tea cosy to keep the water warm!
A fairly inexpensive way to save money and water in your garden, you can often get second-hand water butts for next to nothing. They collect rainwater, which you can then use to water your plants instead of running the tap.
Turn It Off
When brushing your teeth, it’s important to turn the tap off instead of leaving it running; this goes for other areas in the house too, such as the kitchen tap. Once you get into the habit of not leaving the water flowing, you’ll be surprised at how much of a difference this one makes.
Try New Cuisines
Due to the sheer amount of water that goes into meat production, upping the vegetarian meals that you eat during the week will help drive down the high demand for resource-heavy foods such as beef.
Drink Tap Water
Obviously, more water will be wasted through the production and use of plastic bottles, so choosing to drink tap water is better. The UK has some of the best tap water in the world, so there is no excuse! In fact, researchers have discovered that tap water is in fact safer than its bottled counterpart, as well as being cheaper.
Use Your Dishwasher
It’s almost common knowledge that your dishwasher is more water efficient than you are when it comes to washing the dishes. Save yourself a time-consuming task and just fill up the dishwasher instead.
Organic mulch or bark is perfect for keeping soil moist and protected from evaporation, so you don’t have to water your plants so frequently. It also helps to provide extra nutrients for the soil.