20 Easy Ways to Save Water Around the House Whilst Staying Home
Most of us are so used to having constant access to fresh and clean water that we take it for granted. Whilst we need water to survive, we also waste a huge amount of it on things we don’t need. Unfortunately, most people don’t realise that water is a finite resource and will one day run out if we don’t properly manage our consumption of it. In the past couple of years, we have already seen significant effects on our country and the rest of the world due to climate change, and this will only worsen if we don’t reconsider our habits.
In Australia, the average daily water consumption at the moment is 340 litres per person, which is around 1,437 cups of coffee! There’s definitely room for us to cut down on our consumption to help the planet and reduce the threat of water scarcity. With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us are spending a lot more time at home whilst practising social distancing. It’s important that whilst spending more time at home, we make sure that we are monitoring our water consumption to ensure we’re not using more than we need. Spending more time at home also makes this a great time to start practising different ways of saving water around the house.
To help you out, Pure Salt have brought you their 20 best tips for saving water around the home. Not only will these tips help you to cut down on your water consumption, but will also save you money on your water bill too.
5 Ways to Save Water in the Bathroom
Take baths instead of showers
This is one of the easiest and most effective ways of saving water at home. It takes over double the amount of water to fill a bath than it does to have a shower. Try and only have baths rarely as a treat and take showers regularly instead to stay clean.
Don’t leave the tap running
If you’re using the bathroom sink to brush your teeth or for shaving, make sure you don’t leave the tap running. On average, a running tap uses 6 litres of water per minute, which quickly adds up!
Get a water-saving showerhead
A water-saving showerhead runs at a slightly lower flow than a regular shower head to save water. You can find different types of water-saving shower-heads on the market If you can, consider switching over since they can typically save more than 26 litres of water for an average 7-minute shower.
Time your showers
It can be easy to lose track of time whilst in the shower. To prevent this from happening, try timing your showers to keep them as efficient as possible. Whilst the average person spends around 8 minutes in the shower, for maximum water conservation, it’s recommended that you spend 5 minutes showering.
Throw used tissues in the bin, not the toilet
Try not to use your toilet as a water bin for used tissues. Flushing the toilet uses 10 litres of water, which can quickly add up if you’re using it more than necessary. Using your bin instead for tissues uses no water at all.
5 Ways to Save Water in the Kitchen
Only use the dishwasher when it’s full
The dishwasher needs a huge amount of water to run so to make your washes as efficient as possible, make sure the machine is completely full before running it. If you find you struggle to entirely fill the machine, maybe consider downsizing to a machine better suited to your household.
Repurpose colander water
Any water that you use for cooking pasta, rice or potatoes, make sure you collect it as it passes through the colander. This water can be repurposed for cleaning your houseplants and flowers.
Use smaller pans
Make sure you’re using the right size pans whilst cooking. Larger pans will usually require more cooking water, so try and opt for smaller pans where you can.
Don’t use water to defrost food
Instead of using water to defrost your food, plan ahead and take the food out of the freezer the night before cooking to save water. Alternatively, you can use the microwave to defrost food before you eat.
Wash your clothes on a short cycle
Washing machines can use a lot of water depending on the setting you choose. On average, a washing machine will use 55 litres of water per cycle. To use less water, try and use the shortest cycles possible and limit your clothes washes to two a week.
5 Ways to Save Water in the Garden
Water your garden by hand
Whilst it’s easier to use a sprinkler to water your garden, they use a lot of water quickly. On average, a sprinkler from a standard garden hose for one hour uses about 1,020 gallons of water. Instead, try and hand-water your lawn, plants and flower beds.
Do your gardening in the evenings
Most of the water that you use on your garden in the middle of the day especially during the summer will evaporate quickly. If you can, try and do as much of your gardening a possible in the evenings when the sun is going down and the temperature is cooler. Doing this will require a lot less water to keep your garden healthy.
Collect your rainwater
Keeping a water barrel or water butt outside to collect rainwater will quickly give you a supply of water that’s completely free. This water can be used to water your garden and even clean your car.
Don’t over-water your plants
Most people think that their plants need more water than they actually do. Make sure to do your research and double-check how much water your plants and flowers need and that you’re not over-watering them. This will waste a lot of water and do your garden damage in the long run!
Take care of your soil
Unhealthy soil will need a lot more water than soil that’s been properly looked after. Give your soil organic matter to improve its ability to retain moisture and add compost to improve the health of your soil and plants.
5 Extra Ways to Save Water Around the House
Check your water meter regularly
Checking your water meter regularly is a good way to keep track of your water consumption. If your consumption is much higher than you expected, try implementing some of these tips or check for leaks around the house.
Fix leaks around the house
Household leaks waste a huge amount of water; the average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. Regularly check your house for leaks and make sure you get any that you find promptly fixed.
Reusable water bottles
Buy yourself a good quality reusable water bottle that you can drink from throughout the day. Doing this will prevent you from collecting and abandoning unfinished glasses of water that are poured down the sink at the end of the day.
If you can, consider installing water-saving taps around the house. These will run at a slightly lower flow than your regular taps however, you’re unlikely to notice the difference and it’s an easy way to save water.
Drain the water from your roof
The top of your house can collect a lot of water after a period of rainfall. Drain this water and store in a barrel or water butt to repurpose.
Katie Myers is a content writer for Pure Salt, where she creates a range of visual and written content for their blog. Her favourite topics to write about include the environment and mental health. She hopes that her content helps inspire and educate people about the world around them.