Who can’t relate to Emma Stone singing ‘Pockets full of sunshine’ in the shower while playing with bubbles? I’m sure you have done that! Are you the type to wash your clothes in the washing machine after wearing them? Who would want their laundry basket overflowing with dirty clothes anyway, right? Do you agree with Jennifer Coolidge that “People who use extra water have extra class” when she said that J-Lo doesn’t have a brown lawn?
Why do I ask these you might say? Well, because it’s the little things we do in our own home that has a great impact not just on your lives but the people around you as well. You have to take into consideration how these actions affect our environment. By lowering your water consumption, it will not only decrease your water bill, but you can also help conserve water every day, whether there’s a draught or not.
Here are 10 quick and easy tips to save water in your own home and help preserve our environment.
1. Check faucets, pipes, and toilets for leaks.
Even a small drop of water can waste tons of litres of water per day. How much more if it’s a larger leak? This is the easiest and cheapest way to make sure that you are not wasting water.
2. Use a glass when you are brushing your teeth.
After you wet your toothbrush, fill your glass with water to use for rinsing and turn the water off. There’s really no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth.
3. Take shorter showers.
It is nice to take a long shower after a long day at work. However, a four-minute shower already uses approximately 75 to 150 litres of water. So, maybe 10 scoops of ice cream will do to de-stress instead? Garry Anderson, a professional plumber notes that you can also reduce the water use by adding in water restrictors, which will significantly reduce the water flow but also does create a lower flowrate at the shower point which can be less desirable.
4. Use clothes washer for only full loads.
Alright, sometimes there’s just not enough dirty clothes laying around the house to fill your washer. Just adjust water levels to match the size of the load instead.
5. The toilet is not an ashtray or wastebasket.
Don’t forget, you’re wasting litres of water every time you flush a cigarette butt and other small trash. Use the garbage can right there.
6. Clean the driveways and sidewalks with a broom.
Yes, blasting leaves off your walkways with water is a quick way to remove them, but imagine how much water you will consume! Grab that broom and start sweeping.
7. Clean the car using a pail of soapy water.
You can just use the hose for rinsing. This trick will help you save tons of water when washing your car.
8. Think about positioning your sprinklers correctly.
Position your sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or garden, not on paved areas.
9. Wash your beloved pets in the garden.
By doing this you will also be watering your lawn!
10. Re-use Mr. Grey.
You can use it to flush the toilet or perhaps to water your lawn as long as it doesn’t have a soap that is harmful to your plants. Plumbing engineer Luke from the Contracts Engineer notes that in many new developments local governments are requiring the installation of grey water systems – retrofitting these in your property can significantly reduce your water usage and associated bills.
Let’s be real, saving water at home doesn’t require much. Doing these simple tricks at home to conserve water not only saves you money, but it also helps the world. It’s like what they say, every impactful action starts at home.