May 10, 2020
Saving water around the home
We are all doing our part to try reduce our footprint on the planet, while reducing rubbish and minimizing harmful chemicals are making a huge difference. We often overlook one of our most abundant resources, water!
A lot of households have become more conscious and made the switch to water efficient appliances and water tanks, but there are still some small changes we can all do that will make a huge difference.
Let's start with something we all do every day and that's have a shower, while yes we can obviously skip a shower or two and save water that way, it is not something that is overly practical. Flexi Buckets, now hear me out as strange as it sounds you could be saving a lot of money from standing in a bucket to shower. Did you know that a daily 5 minute shower equates to 36,500 litres of water a year and that’s just one person!
So why not give the water that would otherwise go down the drain a second purpose, by simply placing a flexi bucket in the shower and standing in that it will allow you to catch most of the water during your shower. Then once you've showered you can use that water to water your garden (we suggest to minimise the amount of chemicals you are using to shower where possible) not only does this give your plants the water that they need to survive it also helps your water bill by not having to use your hose as much, which may I add uses approximately 1000 litres an hour (crazy I know). And it's even simpler if you choose to treat yourself to a bath, simply don't pull the plug at the end of your bath and use a bucket or watering can to transfer the water from your bath to your garden.
While we are in the bathroom, let's have a look at the other water hungry amenity the toilet. There are a couple of quick and simple ways to reduce the amount of water you are using, firstly there is the old rhyme "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down" now this might seem a bit gross to some but the reduction to your water bill may make it all worth it. A duel flush cistern uses 3 litres for a half flush and 6 litres for a full flush, a single flush cistern uses 9 to 11 litres per flush.
There is also another way you can save water each flush, if you get an empty 2ltr bottle and fill it with water, you can place it in your cistern, the bottle displaces water and reduces the amount it takes to refill the cistern after each flush. So every time you flush you are saving the amount of water that has been displaced by the bottle.
Looking elsewhere in the house, similar to the shower bucket idea you can place a large bowl in your sink and catch the water you use to rinse your dishes. This has an added benefit of the leftover food washed off your plates helps to fertilise your plants.
Last but not least appliances, the humble dishwasher and washing machine use a lot of water but there is ways to get the most for your dollar such as:
most modern appliances have an eco-mode option on them, using this helps to reduce the amount of water used, sure it might take little longer but again the saving on your water bill and the planet is well worth it.
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