Summer is approaching. Now is the time to stay water conscious. Be mindful of how you use water at home. The choices you make could change your water usage for future generations.
Below are a few key tips that can make all the difference in saving water and staying environmentally-friendly during the warmer months.
1. Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth
Taps waste several litres of water per minute. Switch the tap off as you wet your brush and keep it off until you rinse as it preserves copious amounts of water.
2. Fix leaks
Leaky taps can add to your water bill without your knowledge. Fix your leaks to avoid forking out unnecessary funds and save water simultaneously.
3. Reduce time in the shower
Long showers also contribute to hefty water expenses. Save money by having a swift shower to save your neighbours from an unwanted audition for The Voice and conserve water in the process.
4. Fill your dishwasher up
Only put the dishwasher on when it is stacked to full capacity. Elect economically shorter cycles to use smaller amounts of hot water. Or wash the leftover dishes by hand.
5. Hand-wash dishes with a full sink if you don't own a dishwasher
If you don't own a dishwasher, stop the water running as you hand-wash dishes. Fill the sink to save water.
6. Invest in a Water Tank
Purchase a water tank to store rainwater. Water your garden with the water from the tank instead of using uncontrolled amounts with a sprinkler or hose.
7. Switch to cold water to wash your clothes
A washing machine’s electrical power is mostly used to heat water. If you switch to cold water to wash your clothes you can preserve water and energy.
8. Wash your car with buckets and sponges - not a hose
When you wash your car at home, do it with a bucket and sponge on the lawn so water can be soaked up, this way chemicals will be filtered before they enter waterways, reducing harm to the environment.
9. Cover your pool
Use a swimming pool cover to decrease evaporation - this can save between approximately 11,000 and 30,000 litres of water every year.
10. Flush with efficiency
Replace single-flush or dual-flush toilets with a water-efficient dual-flush model. If you have a dual-flush toilet, use the half-flush where appropriate to save vast amounts of water.