Did you know that not only is it financially effective to conserve water, but it also helps in the preservation of our environment? Think about it; a reduction in our water use means a reduction in the energy needed to process and deliver it to our houses, buildings, farms and the community as a whole. This therefore conserves fuel resources and reduces pollution!
Simple ways to reduce water use
Close taps: It seems like such a simple measure, but more often than not, we tend to forget to close the tap when it’s not in use. For example, when we’re brushing our teeth! Fun fact: brushing with the tap on is a waste of approximately 6 litres of water per minute!
Boil water as and when needed: Boiling solely what you need saves water, money and energy! Boiling one full kettle of water uses the same amount of electricity as leaving the light on for 5 straight hours.
Plan your laundry day: Instead of doing small loads, save your dirty clothes for a full machine load in order to use less water and energy. This means lower electricity bills as well! Hot tip: Apta colour catcher sheets prevent dye from running, so you do not need to wash separate colour batches!
Steam what you can: Not only will this reduce water usage, but it also retains more of the vegetables’ natural nutrients. Healthier food, healthier you!
Catch rainwater: Instead of hosing down your garden, leave out containers to catch rainwater. Remember, mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water so do not leave them out for too long!
Fix leaks and maintain pipes: This simple measure can stop what could be 60 litres of water going straight down the drain every week. Remember that if not maintained properly pipes could burst as a result of changes in water pressure, flooding your home in a matter of minutes and filling your property with water.