This is a guest post written by Amy Fowler of www.boom-online.co.uk.
The average person uses 150 litres of water a day. That water usage is spread over a variety of household tasks, including cooking, washing, toilet flushing, and watering the garden. Only a small amount of that water is actually used for drinking.
The amount of water that the average family uses has gone up 50% in the last 25 years. We’re more environmentally conscious, but the household appliances we use today are very water hungry. So, what can we do to save water? Here are a few tips:
Save Water In The Kitchen
- Keep a jug of pre-filtered water in the fridge, so that you don’t have to run the tap to get fresh, cold water in the summer. Alternatively, zip taps offer access to instant hot and cold water, thus eliminating the need to run the tap before the correct temperature is reached.
- Wash vegetables in a bowl, rather than under a running tap.
- Don’t start the washing machine until you have a full load of laundry.
- Fix dripping taps. A dripping tap can waste up to 15 litres of water per day!
- Boil only the water you need in the kettle. This will help you to save energy as well as water.
- Wipe down appliances regularly with a damp cloth rather than relying on harsh cleaning products to clean your oven and other appliances. The chemicals in cleaning products are a major pollutant to our water supply.
Save Water In the Bathroom
- Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth.
- Power showers can use the same amount of water as a bath, but other showers are quite water economical. Alternatively, devices such as the flowpoint reduce the amount of water power showers consume.
- Invest in a toilet hippo o a save-a-flush (or request a free one from your water company) to reduce the amount of water your toilet uses.
- Don’t use your toilet as a bin. Think before you flush. Tissues and other small items should go in a regular bin, rather than be flushed.
Water butts and greywater systems are quite easy to install these days, and can save a lot of water in the long term – especially if you have a large garden to tend.
- Collect rainwater, and use it to water your garden and your household plants.
- Consider re-using bath water to flush the toilet.
Saving water isn’t just good for the environment; it can be good for your wallet too. If your water usage is metered, then you should see big savings when you reduce your usage. In addition, changing the way you think about water will change how you use your other appliances, such as your washing machine or your oven. This will mean that you’ll save on your electricity and gas bill too.
There is enough water to go around for everyone, under normal circumstances, but that doesn’t mean there will never be a water shortage. Being responsible about our water usage will pay off in the years to come.
This post was contributed by a guest writer. If you’d like to guest post for Naturally Earth Friendly please check out our Become An Author page for details on how YOU can share your tips with our readers..