Every day, there are many simple little things we can do around the house to save water, money and help the environment.
Every day, there are many simple little things we can do around the house to save water, money and help the environment. Take a look through the tips below for some clever shortcuts to savings.
* Checking for leaks in taps, pipes and dishwasher hoses is an easy way to reduce water wastage. Remember, one leaking tap can waste more than 2,000 litres a month.
* The most water efficient methods for cooking vegetables are microwaving, steaming or using a pressure cooker. You can also cut down on water loss by using tight lids on pots and simmering instead of boiling rapidly.
* Installing water efficient taps or tap aerators is a great, inexpensive way to cut your water usage without you even noticing.
* Put the plug in the sink when washing your hands instead of holding them under running water.
* Thaw frozen foods before you need them or use the microwave instead of placing them under running water.
* Prevent taps from leaking by turning taps off lightly and replace washers as soon as they begin to leak.
* Keep a container of water in the fridge so that you won’t need to run the water down the sink until it’s cool enough to drink.
* Washing fruit and vegies in a half-filled sink instead of under running water is a great way to cut back on water wastage.
* Rinsing your dishes in a plugged sink rather than under a running tap saves water and is just as easy and effective.
* Most washing machines have a load adjustment button or dial, so try to set this to match the amount of washing you’re doing. If your machine doesn’t have a load adjustment function, try to wait until you have enough washing for a full load. .
* To rinse your razor, run a little water into a plugged sink. Rinsing your razor under a running tap wastes lots of water.
* There’s no need to leave the tap running while you brush your teeth. Simply wet your toothbrush before you begin and use a glass of water to rinse your mouth.
Tips to avoid water waste and to require the preservation of hydro-resources:
In the bathroom: Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving or soaping your hands. A single flush wastes a lot of water. Do not flush unnecessarily and press only for the necessary time. Keep the valve adjusted.
In the laundry room: Do not use excess soap for a faster rinse.
Only use the washing machine when fully loaded with clothes.
In the kitchen: Before washing dishes, remove food particles and soak for a while. When purchasing your washing machine or dish washer, pay attention to their informed water consumption.
In the garden, yard, sidewalk: When washing the car, use a bucket and a piece of cloth instead of water from a hose. Wash your car less frequently especially in times of dry weather. Do not water your plants with too much water or with a hose. Use a bucket or a watering can. Do not water at the day’s warmest hours or if it is too windy in order to avoid excessive water loss due to evaporation.
Always try to water the base of the plants not the leaves. Do not wash the sidewalk with a hose; sweep it with a broom instead.