Water plays a very important role in our daily life. Showering, washing dishes, washing clothes, watering flowers – for all of this we need water every day. And it always spurts out of your taps. Often you don’t even think about it. But how much water are you using? Are you using water consciously? How to avoid waste on a daily basis? To answer the question “How can I save water on a daily basis?” “, here are a few tips. It usually takes very simple steps to reduce your water consumption. A lot of it is about changing your own behavior. For example :
Don’t wash your clothes until you have plenty of them to wash together
Starting a washing machine half full is only economical if you have a state-of-the-art machine with a load sensing system. A poorly filled machine consumes proportionally more than a well filled machine.
Use the “eco” programs
On modern dishwashers, for example, there are programs that save water. These are especially useful if the dishes are only lightly soiled. The only downside: they take a bit longer than normal washes.
Shower or bath?
Saving water starts with this crucial question. To take a bath is to use about 150 liters of water, while the shower consumes only about 35 liters. If you do this comparison, you will know that you can save more water with the shower. Use small, economical regulators called aerators or aerators. A flow regulator costs around five to eight euros in hardware stores. Often it is already included in the purchase. If you want to save water, you shouldn’t do without this little helper. Because once attached to the shower head or sink, these foamers (or aerators) can save up to 50% of tap water consumption. You can also simply invest in a timer or an hourglass to leave in your bathroom for when you take a shower: do not exceed 5 minutes!
Reduce toilet water consumption
Modern tanks already have a stop button. If you don’t have it and want to save water, you can upgrade yours for around ten euros. This will reduce your water consumption by about half. With the shower and the bath, it is the most important quantity of water consumed daily. With an average of five liters per flush and four flushes daily, toilet water consumption is high. You can decrease it by filling your tank so as to decrease its capacity. You can place full plastic bottles (without their labels) or empty jars without a lid, which will fill with water and retain it during evacuation. Finally, if you are not equipped, you can opt for a double flow mechanism which offers you the choice between a single flush with a capacity of 3 liters or a double flush with a capacity of 6 liters.
Immediately replace leaking faucets
About 2,000 liters per year and per household are wasted because the tap is leaking. Whether it’s a simple drip, or even a trickle of water, this is considerably more money than what is required to purchase a new seal. Sometimes the leaks go unnoticed. Tonight, when you go to bed, read the number on your water meter. When you wake up tomorrow morning, do the same, if the number has increased and no one has consumed water during the night, there is a leak in your home. It often happens that flushing your toilet is the cause of a leak.
Always turn off the tap between two uses.
For example, if you wash your hands or brush your teeth, it is advisable to turn off the tap every now and then. This small change in behavior can save you a lot of water. And does good for the planet.
Water consumption in the garden can also be very expensive
The rule of thumb for the garden could be consumption of around 20 liters per square meter per week. If you have a large garden, you should think about an alternative irrigation system. A well would really be ideal. You can also collect rainwater by leaving a large container exposed to the elements. To save water in your own garden, it is worth watering the plants in the morning and evening. Because at that time, they need less water. If the solar radiation is stronger, the plants also need more water.
Measure your water flow to know if your faucets and shower heads are energy intensive or not.
Use a “flowmeter” for this, it is a plastic accessory that you put on your faucet or your shower head, that you fill by putting the faucet and the head at their maximum flow for a given period. This gives you a flow per minute, which lets you know where you stand in terms of energy.
Paper production requires incredible water consumption
Of course, this does not concern your daily water consumption. Note, however, that the paper bleaching process consumes a lot of water. So replace the bleached paper with unbleached recycled paper.