Smart Ways To Save Water In Your Home
Water is undoubtedly our most precious resource. It is also not infinite and, regrettably, has no suitable substitute. Saving water is of paramount importance, especially considering that some Europeans use as much as 265 liters of water per day according to the European Environmental Agency (EEA). Without sound conservation efforts, our water supply can be exhausted, landing us in an incomprehensible dilemma. In order to best preserve our water supply, adequate saving efforts have to be implemented and adhered to by both industry leaders as well as individuals within their own homes. Here are a few practical ways through which everyone can save water within the home, thus helping the environment and ensuring we have enough water to thrive on for generations to come.
Shower instead of taking a bath
Did you know that taking a shower uses significantly less water than taking a bath? On average, a bath uses as much as 80 liters of water while an 8-minute shower only uses 60. If you shower for less than 8 minutes, you can save even more water. Your shower water can also be reused to flush your toilet, clean your floors and wash your car. Although home water recycling systems can be installed to capture your shower water for reuse, you can simply put a large plastic basin in your shower which will catch all the water you use very effectively.
Be mindful when flushing your toilet
It is estimated that roughly 25% of our household water consumption goes down the toilet. Although the European Commission has adopted standards that regulate the environmental impact of toilets and urinals, further steps can be taken at home to not only reduce water use but save the environment from exposure to harmful contaminants as well. Basic common sense should determine when a toilet needs to be flushed and when not while a cistern displacement device can save as much as 1 liter of water per flush. Don’t dispose of any medication or chemicals down a toilet as it can wreak havoc in the environment, destroying entire eco-systems. The same principle applies to the drains in your home – dispose of any harmful substances in a responsible manner such as taking your expired or unused medicine to your nearest hospital for safe disposal.
Reduce your water consumption in the kitchen
If you are looking for a powerful way to reduce your carbon footprint, start by reducing your water consumption in the kitchen. Garbage disposals are handy to have but they use large amounts of water to operate. Consider composting instead which will not only reduce your water use significantly but be of great use in your garden as well. Check your faucet and pipes regularly for leaks as more than 3,000 liters of water can be wasted in a single year if they are not seen to. You might also want to consider investing in an energy and water-efficient dishwasher that can use as much as ten times less water per full load than washing my hand does.
When attempting to save water to the benefit of the environment it is important to never underestimate the impact even the smallest effort can have. If every household in Europe adheres to the guidelines above and preserve water where possible, the risk of running out of your most valuable resource is significantly reduced.