For billions of years the amount of water on our planet has remained the same. Yet, despite this, some years there is an abundance of drinking water and others water shortages are common. The reason for this is twofold:
- Global warming is said to be reducing the amount of rain in certain areas
- The use of water has increased
All water goes through a water treatment work and thousands of miles of pipes. The more that is used the greater the volume that has to be processed and the higher the costs become. This is reflected in your water bills!
Whether you are looking to save the environment or save money, there is a good reason to try water conservation at home. Here are six tips ways in which you can achieve water conservation at home:
Purchase a Water Cooler
You may be surprised at the thought of purchasing a water cooler to save money but it can be very effective. You will need to look at the range of water coolers for sale to decide if you wish to have a bottled one or one attached to the mains.
The advantage of a bottled water cooler is that you will be able to track and even limit the amount of water you are consuming; because it will be obvious from the number of bottles you are using!
You will also benefit from instant cold water without running the tap to get it.
Turn Off The Tap!
Whether you leave the water on when brushing your teeth or adding gel to your hair, you are wasting water. To save as much as 6 liters of water a minute, (depending on your flow rate); simply turn the tap off unless you are physically using the water.
Shorten Your Shower
The average shower uses approximately 30 liters of water although this can fluctuate between 6 and 45! Shorten the time of your shower by just one minute and add an aerated shower head; you could save 10 liters every time you shower.
Fix Your Leaks
If you know of any leaks in your system then fix them straight away. Just one tap dripping can use as much as 15 liters of water a day. That’s an impressive 5,000 liters a year.
If you don’t have any leaks then make sure you check regularly, they can start at any time.
Most properties can have a water meter installed which means you will pay for exactly how much you use. This will probably save you money over paying a set fee. It will also ensure that you monitor your water usage more thoroughly and avoid wasting it; keeping your bills down and saving the planet.
Get A Water Butt
Instead of using water from your tap to water the plants or wash the car get a water butt. It will collect all rainwater and give you as much water as you need for many of the daily chores. Of course, you shouldn’t drink this water!
There are other water conservation methods, see how many you can think of and try them today!