Water is everywhere, but as water resources become harder to come by in some communities and more expensive nearly everywhere, people are searching for ways to cut back. The modern world brings us a multitude of ways to waste water, but some simple changes can reduce the amount you consume, making your water bill decrease and your environmental impact smaller. This article will show you 5 easy ways to reduce your water use at home from the team at The Mat Factory, an online store specialising in design mats for the bathroom and other areas of the home.
1) Reduce Your Shower Time – Almost 20 percent of the water used in the average home comes from shower and bath use. An eight minute shower sucks down about 240 litres of water, more or less depending on the efficiency of your water head and your water pressure. By cutting in half the amount of time you spend in the shower, you can save an average 120 litres of water per shower. To shorten your shower, consider turning off the water while you shampoo your hair and wash your body. Power showers are even worse, using twice as much water and electricity as baths!
2) Make Your Toilet More Efficient – Toilets generally account for over a quarter of the water used in the home. While low-flow toilets have become increasingly popular, a traditional high-flow toilet can be modified to be more water efficient. Take an empty plastic bottle and fill it with rocks or sediment. Place the bottle in the top part of your toilet. It should sink to the bottom of the water. The next time you flush your toilet, the water will not fill as high due to the water displaced by the plastic bottle. This move alone can save over 2 litres per flush.
3) Only Use the Clothes Washer and Dishwasher When You Have a Full Load – Doing this could save you up to 48,000 litres of water per year. If you have dishes that are barely dirty, consider reusing them. Clothes generally do not have to be washed after every wash, especially jeans and pants. If you have a small amount of dishes, consider washing them by hand in the sink. Plan out your laundry schedule with others in your house or apartment so you can have bigger laundry loads.
4) Do Not Leave the Taps Running – If you are cooking in the kitchen and have to walk away, take the extra half-second to cut the water off. When you are shaving or brushing your teeth in the bathroom, turn off the water. Leaving the water running for minutes extra really adds up.
5) Repair Leaking Toilets and Tapss – A tap that drips one drop per second will waste up to 10,800 litres per year. Take a few extra minutes to save this water from being wasted.