A few small changes to your everyday habits can make a huge difference to the amount of water you use. At home, we use the most water in the kitchen and the bathroom, so taking a look at your water consumption habits in the shower, while doing the laundry, and while cooking or doing the dishes is a good starting point.
Keep an eye out for water leaks
It's crucial that you keep a sharp eye out for any water leaks at home. If you notice there's a leak in your toilet or tap, please contact the maintenance company immediately. To check for a leak in your toilet, just put a piece of toilet paper on the inside back wall of the toilet bowl and see whether it gets wet.
Freshen up with shorter showers
This might sound obvious, but you can use way less water by taking shorter showers. A shower consumes up to 10 litres of water per minute, which adds up to a whopping 50 litres during a five-minute shower. Times that by 365 and you'll see how much water you'd save yearly by spending 5 rather than 10 minutes in the shower. Turning the tap off while brushing your teeth or soaping up has a similar effect!
What's more, reducing water temperature is an excellent way to save energy. We bet you'll hardly notice if you wash your hands with lukewarm rather than hot water.
Dishwashers don't waste water
According to research, you usually use 34–140 litres water when you wash dishes by hand. A new dishwasher, on the other hand, consumes about 15 litres per one wash cycle. New dishwashers are not only energy efficient but they're also super good at saving water. The water or energy consumption isn't affected by the amount of dishes you put in, so it's best to always wash a full load.
The same applies to laundry, too – to save water and energy, ensure that you wash only full loads and use energy saving programmes when possible. By paying attention to your clothes' care instructions, you'll give them a longer life. Did you know that just airing your clothes can sometimes be enough to freshen them up?
Saving water helps you look after the planet
By reducing your water consumption, you'll not only save money, but you'll also do your part to help protect the environment.