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Saving Water at Home with These 10 Tips

By paying attention to how you use fresh water, you can significantly reduce your electricity and water bills. So, for the sake of our fresh water supply lasting for as many generations as possible, let’s save water together!

  1. Save water during daily personal hygiene Daily washing consumes the most water in households, averaging 40%! Therefore, it’s easy to start saving water here. Opt for showers over baths. Filling a bathtub uses 150 to 200 litres of water! In contrast, a shower uses “only” 40 to 60 litres. But even that’s a lot when you imagine it as 60 one-litre water bottles. 20 litres of water would be entirely sufficient for showering, so consider purchasing a water-saving showerhead, turn off the water while lathering or shaving, and reduce your shower time.
  2. Install a save-button on your toilet flush The second-largest water consumer in the household is the toilet flush. However, you can install a so-called save-button on the flush, reducing the water used per flush from 9 to about 5 litres. Also, ensure that the flush isn’t defective and continuously running water into the toilet, as that can mean up to €300 in additional costs for you each year.
  3. Turn on hot water only when you genuinely need it Hot water costs significantly more than cold because it needs to be heated. Therefore, unless you specifically need warm water, you should avoid using it. The electricity costs for heating the water are also significantly higher than the water itself in the UK. So, you can save considerable costs at the end of the month if you pay attention.
  4. Pay attention to the energy efficiency of your household appliances Old household appliances are often real “energy guzzlers,” and newer devices can work much more efficiently. For instance, a newer dishwasher can manage with much less water and still achieve the same cleaning performance. Therefore, it might be worth investing in a new dishwasher. Moreover, pre-rinsing is usually unnecessary and only causes additional costs.
  5. Avoid running water in the kitchen Don’t wash fruits, vegetables, and salads under running water, but rather use a bowl. The same applies to dishes if you don’t have a dishwasher. Of course, this also applies to the bathroom; so, use a toothbrushing cup and don’t let the water run too long.
  6. Save water when doing laundry with fully loaded washing machine drums The washing machine uses the same amount of water for the same programme, whether you’re washing only a few items or have a full load. Therefore, always fill the machine well and select an economy programme.
  7. A dripping tap is pure drinking water consumption Ensure none of your taps at home are dripping, as this wastes more water than you might think. A dripping tap wastes approximately 5,500 litres of water per year!
  8. Reuse water Did you boil water for tea but didn’t use it all? Or did you cook eggs in a pot? Don’t pour this water away, but reuse it, for example, for watering plants.
  9. Don’t water your garden with drinking water, but with rainwater Don’t use drinking water for watering the garden, but invest once in a cistern or a rain barrel so you can use rainwater for your plants in the future. Still, be economical with the water. A garden hose or sprinkler system can use about as much water as an average family of four in one day. Also, you should water your plants at the right time of day. Never water them at noon, because the water will have evaporated before it properly reaches the plants. It’s better to water them in the morning or evening hours, so there’s no risk of the plants “burning.”
  10. Flower boxes with water storage These boxes store water inside, so it’s no longer necessary to water the plants every day.

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