Why Saving Water Matters
Saving water saves you money, is better for the environment, climate change and in securing our water supplies. As humans, we are so wasteful of our own resources and sometimes don’t think about the consequences of our careless behaviour. Especially as water is so readily available to us with just the turn of the tap.
Unfortunately, humans have shown to be wasteful water users. The average T-shirt takes 2,700 litres of water to make and many water-intensive crops, such as cotton, are grown in arid regions. Even more shocking, a hamburger takes 2,400 litres of water to produce and with around 75 hamburgers sold every second, there is no wonder why environmentalists are screaming at us about water scarcity.
Around 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. Only 3 percent of this is fresh. However around 2 percent of the freshwater is unavailable, locked up in glaciers, polar ice caps and the atmosphere. This leaves us with a mere 1% of drinkable water. For a growing population, this is not sustainable. Shocked? Keep on reading to see how you can save water in your daily life.
7 Tips to Save Water
Turn Off The Tap Whilst Brushing Your Teeth
This could save up to 6 litres per minute. That’s a lot of water!
Only Run The Washing Machine and Dishwasher When Full
This goes without saying. By only running the dishwasher and washing machine with a full load you won’t just be saving water but energy as well.
Install a Cistern Displacement Device (CDD)
This device is placed in the cistern of your toilet and saves around 1 litre of water every time you flush. In a year this could save some households around 5,000 litres of water. Here’s another bonus for you… They’re usually free from most water companies.
Fill The Kettle With Only What is Needed
This will save both water and energy. It costs around 2p to boil a 1.5 litre full kettle – if you’re only making for one, don’t be so greedy!
Fix Any Leaks
Leaking toilets often go unnoticed and is one of the most common causes of unexpected high-water usage by consumers. They can be easy to detect. Simply place some food dye in your toilet cistern and don’t flush it for around an hour. If the dye is becomes present in the toilet bowl, then you have a leak. Leaky loos, no longer!
Switch Off The Shower When You’re Washing Your Body
Switching off the shower when you are washing your body can save both energy and water. If every home in the UK reduced their shower time by one minute, it would save £215 million from our collective energy bills.
Put Drinking Water in The Fridge
Put a jug of tap water in the fridge so that every time you want to have some water, you aren’t letting the tap run whilst waiting for the water to ‘go cold’.
We hope that you can implement these wondrous water saving tips into your daily life. Remember that this isn’t just for you and saving water ensures that we have enough for future generations too.