Tips How to Save Water
1. Buy plants that don’t need much water to survive
Consider hardy shrubs, evergreens and succulents capable of thriving in warm temperatures. That way, they won’t risk wilting if they don’t have buckets of water thrown on them each week.
2. Use a dishwasher
Did you know that you use more water to fill a sink than your dishwasher does to clean a load? It may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s true. On the other hand, a dishwasher does of course use more energy. Choose whichever is your personal lesser evil. If you do not know how to install your dishwasher, call a verified plumbing company from your area.
3. Invest in water-efficient appliances
When you’re looking about for new whitegoods or water-using technology, check the model’s water efficiency and energy rating. Different labelling standards and rating systems will apply across different countries, but most items should have well-displayed information on how well the product uses water. For example, in the arid, drought-prone continent of Australia, the government enforces the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (www.waterrating.gov.au/about-wels). It is estimated that through this scheme “by 2021, Australians could save more than one billion dollars through reduced water and energy bills by simply choosing more efficient products.”
4. Insulate hot water cylinders
Wrap your pipes in foam bought from a hardware store. This will heat your water up faster, reducing the wastage of cold water running down the drain while you’re waiting for it to get to that desired temperature.
5. Fit flow regulators to your shower heads
Fitting flow regulators to your shower can slash your water usage during one shower by half. What’s more, chances are you’ll barely be able to register the difference.
6. Fit aerators to you kitchen and bathroom sinks
An aerator acts in the manner of a sieve, such that the tap water is separated out into tiny cascading streams. This reduces the outflow rate, and increases water efficiency.