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One of the best ways to save day to day no doubt, reducing water waste. From bathing to cooking food, we waste water unnecessarily and without even realizing it.
Small changes in behavior can thus make all the difference at the end of the month, when the water bill comes to pay. Furthermore, it is everyone’s responsibility to preserve this increasingly scarce resource on our planet as much as possible.
Find out below some tips to learn how to save water.
How to save water at home
In the bath house
1. Close the faucet when you are not using the water
Turning off the faucet while washing your teeth or hair, for example, is something we’ve always been taught, but that few people do. The truth is that this small gesture, applied daily, at the end of the month can mean a very significant saving on your monthly bill.
- When washing your hands or teeth with the faucet running, you can use about 14 liters of water. If you use a glass, you can reduce it to just 1 liter.
- By keeping the faucet open while shaving, you can use up to 40 liters of water. If you put a lid on the sink, you will only use 2 liters.
2. Opt for the shower
Swap soaking baths for showers. And the faster the better.
A 15-minute shower with the tap open consumes around 180 liters. But if you turn off the water while soaping and reduce the shower time to 5 minutes, you will reduce consumption to just 60 liters.
Already in an immersion bath, water consumption easily reaches 200 liters.
3. Enjoy the shower water
There are few people who use this trick, but believe me it is one of the most effective ways to save water.
While waiting for it to heat up, store those good liters of water that would otherwise be wasted. You can then reuse it for flushing the toilet, watering houseplants, or even washing small items of clothing by hand. Experience it.
4. Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket
If you are in the habit of depositing rubbish in the toilet, know that every time you flush the toilet you are wasting between 7 and 15 liters of water, just to get rid of it. By putting the garbage in the bin, you don’t waste any water.
5. Take care of your toilet flush
With the flush toilet we can save enough water to significantly reduce the bill at the end of the month.
First, checking it for water leaks. To do this, put dye inside the cistern. If you see colored water in the toilet without flushing, then there are leaks to be treated.
The next step is to reduce the volume of water that is released with each flush. You can do this by installing a double flush toilet or simply placing a full plastic bottle inside the toilet.
6. Install a flow reducing compressor
By installing a flow reducer on a faucet you will reduce water waste by about 50%. If you install one in the shower, savings can reach 80%. If possible, do it on all the faucets and showers you have at home, and with this small step you will save a lot of water.
In the kitchen
7. Pay attention to machines
In the kitchen, what consumes the most water are the machines, be it the dishwasher or the washing machine. In this sense, try to put the machines to work only when they have a full charge. Nowadays, there are also machines that have the half load option.
8. Don’t have dripping water
Having dripping pipes or faucets is one of the main sources of water waste. A drip may seem minimal, but a faucet dripping every 5 seconds, for 24 hours, can waste 30 liters of water per day, which corresponds to more than 10 thousand liters of water per year.
Always watch your pipes and faucets and try to solve the problem of those that are not working well.
9. Only use the water you need
When you boil eggs, for example, you don’t need to fill the pan with water. Just put enough amount to cover the food. Otherwise, in addition to water, you will also use more gas or electricity while waiting for it to boil.
10. Do not defrost food under running water
If you defrost food under running water, think twice before doing so. Not only are you wasting water, you could also be putting your health at risk. Thawing should not be done under running water, nor in the microwave or at room temperature, as this encourages the proliferation of bacteria. Instead, you should let the food defrost in the refrigerator.
In the garden
11. Do not hose clean the leaves
In the garden, water should only be used for washing and not for sweeping. Many people use the pressure of the water jet to sweep leaves and other debris without realizing that they are using a lot more water than they are supposed to. For this type of cleaning, use the broom.
12. Water the garden at specific times
If you water the garden in the hottest hours, part of the water that is being used will evaporate, which will make it completely unusable. Choose to water your garden first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. Also remember that large amounts of water are not needed, as plants are not able to absorb everything at the same time.
13. Save money when washing your car
Do not wash the car with a hose. This not only wastes water, but leaves the car poorly washed. A bucket of water, a sponge and some soap end up being a way to save water and wash your car better, even if you fill the bucket several times.
When washing the car with a hose, you can spend about 500 liters of water. If you wash it with a bucket and sponge, you will reduce the cost to 50 liters.
14. Reuse water to water plants
If you used some water just to boil some vegetables or eggs, this water is perfectly fine for watering plants. In fact, by boiling the water, it has even been purifying it, so the plants thank you. Make sure, however, that you let the water cool down so as not to boil the plants.
Now that you know how to save water, all you have to do is practice!