Water is something we take for granted and never really stop to think about how much we use and the effect it has on the world. By becoming more aware of your water habits you can make changes that will save you money and energy, eliminate waste and reduce the amount you use.
Below is a check list to help you look at how you use water and explain ways in which you can change your habits and start making savings.
Inside the House
Have you checked your toilet for leaks?
Drop a dye tablet or food colouring into the tank, if it appears in the bowl without flushing then you have a leak that will need fixed. Up to 21,000 gallons of water a year is wasted due to leaky toilets.
Are you only flushing toilet paper down the toilet?
The toilet should only be used for that purpose. By throwing face wipes, bugs and tissues down the toilet means an unnecessary flush happens. Just one extra flush can use up to 7 gallons more water. It is more efficient and easier to throw it in the trash.
Do you turn the water off when you brush your teeth?
Instead of letting the water run while you brush fill up a glass for rinsing and stop the water once you have wet your brush. A typical family of four will save 7 gallons of water a day by using this trick. Also turn the tap off when shaving, lathering up in the shower or shampooing your hair.
Are you spending a long time in the shower?
If possible cut your tie in the shower to 5 minutes and if you would prefer to have a bath then only fill the tub half way up with water.
Have you install water saving devices in your home?
By using a low flow showerhead you can save over 20,000 gallons of water a year. Faucet aerators and high efficiency water fixtures can easily be installed and save a family of 3 over 40,000 gallons of water a year.
Kitchen and Utility Rooms
Are you putting your dishwasher and washing machine on with only half loads?
Waiting until you have a full load of clothes or a full basket of dishes is a more energy efficient and water saving way of getting items cleaned. When loading the dishwasher scrap plates instead f rinsing them first to save more water.
Do you chill water in the fridge to drink?
By investing in a water filter jug and keeping it in the fridge can save you more money in the long run. Instead of running the water until it gets cold enough just pour a glass straight from the fridge and top it up for next time.
Do you use a front loader washing machine?
By swapping to an water saving model you can become more efficient and save on the bills. Older machines are also less energy efficient so trading it in for a newer model will save you money in the long run.
Are you watering your garden without checking it?
Instead of that weekly watering or putting the sprinklers on a timer only bring the hose out when it is needed. If your lawn springs back after being stepped on then it does not need watered. A monthly drink for the shrubs should be enough and winter time watering should be avoided.
Are you watering your garden during the day?
By watering your garden during the cooler hours of the day you will conserve the water you are using. If it is a hot day the water can evaporate before it hits the lawn so making you use more than needed.
Do you sweep your driveway clean?
By using a brush to give your outside areas a good sweep not only gives you some exercise but can save up to 10 gallons of water per minute compare to hosing them down.
Do you have a rain barrel?
By installing a rainwater harvesting system you can collect rainwater and then reuse it in your garden and on the lawn. A simple barrel can be converted into a water saving system and allow you to water you garden even if there is a hose pipe ban on.