One of the most precious resources on Earth is water. Being eco-conscious about it and reducing the waste of water is a mission that every single person should be on. It is one of the first things to consider since it is easy and doesn’t even necessarily disrupt your day-to-day activities. Adopting certain tips can make it possible for you to conserve water as part of a more eco-conscious behaviour. Let’s check out a few possible ways to do that:
- Turn off the tap when possible – when you brush your teeth or lather your hands with soap, do you turn the tap off? Have you ever considered doing this? If you think about it, these are two fine examples of a way you might be wasting water, without even considering much about it. When you are not using the water, you should turn it off, plain and simple. There is no use for it running while you are brushing your teeth. In fact, studies reveal that people do this task the right way when the water is not running because it doesn’t cause them to rush through it.
- Better shower practice – don’t turn showering into a session of 30minute splashing and contemplating the secrets of the universe. It should be a quick activity that takes a few minutes. And when you are showering, you can also turn off the water for the time you are applying shampoo or soap to your body.
- Collect rainwater – this is a great tip to get you going, in case you have a garden or plants that require watering. Collecting rainwater means that you get a free source of water, which you can then utilise however you wish. You can use it to water your plants, or even in some housekeeping tasks, like cleaning. It is free water, which you can collect with the appropriate system in place and use whenever you wish to later.
- Use real plates and napkins – you are using water that you don’t even see. This ‘virtual’ water is the one that goes into the production of things like paper towels and plates. Keep it real, and only use cloth napkins and glass plates.
- Invest in fixing any leaks – that leaky tap may not seem like much of an issue to you, but in reality, it is a water-wasting problem. Leaks like that contribute to litres of water going to waste, which then translates to a higher bill for you. So when you see a leaky tap or a toilet tank, don’t hesitate to call in the plumbers right away. It will save a lot of water.
- Install water-saving faucets and water restrictors – when you turn on the water, oftentimes you consume more than you really need. That is why it is a good idea to install water-saving faucets and water restrictors in your kitchen and bathroom.
- Use the dishwasher for full loads only – don’t just run the machine with a few items inside; it will use the same amount of water as if it were full. It makes perfect sense to use this appliance only when you have reached its maximum capacity, in order to conserve water and be more efficient.
- Water plants in the afternoon – when you water plants during the hottest part of the day, a large part of the water will evaporate and not even do its intended purpose. For this reason, you should water in the evening, when the sun is not that strong and water can make its way into the soil and roots of the plants.
All of these water-saving tips work well and you should adopt as much of them as possible.
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