9 Simple and Easy Hacks to Save Water at Your Home
Mar 01, 2017
We won’t talk about how important water is because everyone already knows about it. The problems posed by water shortage only make us more aware of its importance. So, without rambling on about the significance of saving water, let’s directly get to the point—simple and easy ways in which you can conserve water.
Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth. Having a bucket bath instead of standing under the shower. Yes, these practices do save a lot of water, but if you’re really serious about conserving water, you’re probably already doing these things.
Have you tried a few unconventional yet easy hacks to save water at your home?
Bottled water results in harmful plastic waste. Instead, drink tap water after purifying it at home using an RO purifier.
Drink water from a jug or water bottle
Do you drink water from a glass? If so, switching to a bottle can save as much as 1000 litres of water a month—water that’s used to rinse a glass after each use. Use bottles or jugs to store drinking water for your entire family and make a habit of drinking directly from it.
Use a dry shampoo
Dry shampoos are a great alternative to regular shampoos, especially if you prefer to wash your hair every day. Shampooing your hair requires a lot of water. So, dry shampoo, which cleans your hair without water, is good for your hair and for the environment (as it’s usually made from corn or rice starch). You can easily make it at home using natural ingredients, in case you’re worried about parabens.
Drop a brick into your toilet tank
Showering certainly wastes a lot of water, but flushing the toilet beats that. Newer toilet models are a lot more efficient as they use less water to clean the pot, but if you have an older one, then there an easy way you can trick it to use less water. Simply open the tank and place a brick inside (A large soft drink bottle filled with water will work just as well). The volume of water the tank can hold is now reduced by the volume of the brick.
Turning vegetarian can help immensely
But a more reasonable suggestion would be to tell you to reduce your meat consumption. That’s because meat production requires huge quantities of water. Here are some estimated values for your reference. A pound of chicken requires nearly 2000 litres of water; beef is even worse, at nearly 2000 litres for a little over a gram. This is called the water footprint, and meats of all types leave a large footprint compared to plant-derived food.
Save motor fuel
Just like food items, other products also require water for their production, and hence, leave water footprints in their wake. More than twice the amount of water is required to produce a litre of fuel for your car, which means that every step you take to save fuel also ends up saving water, indirectly.
Install tap/faucet aerators
Aerators are simple cap like fitments that you can easily screw into a faucet head. The water flowing from the tap will then not splash as it mixes air with the water stream. But it serves another, more useful purpose. Because it mixes air, the amount of water flowing out is significantly reduced. At the same time, it does not give you the feeling of reduced water flow.
Low flow shower heads fall under the same category as tap aerators as they reduce water output from showers.
Save water in the garden
If you maintain a lawn or a garden, there are many ways to conserve water. Here are a few tips.
- Water your plants early in the morning or in the evening because this reduces water loss due to evaporation.
- Add mulch to the soil because it helps retain the moisture level for a long time. This way you won’t need to water your plants as often. Not removing cut grass also helps in the same way as the grass clippings hold moisture.
- Maintain hardy plants in your garden that don’t require too much water to stay alive.
Find ways to utilize “waste water” or ‘grey water’
The water that goes down the drain (bath water, washing machine and dishwasher water, water after it’s used for cleaning, etc.) at homes is still clean enough to be used for other purposes with little or no filtration. Also called ‘grey water’, it can be stored and utilised for watering your lawn and plants in your garden (but not fruit and vegetable plants if the water has chemicals).
Your RO water filter is another source of ‘grey water’ as only a small percentage of water they intake is purified and the rest is let out of a pipe. You can store this water and utilise it for everything other than drinking. Other sources of ‘grey water’ are cooking water, water from bathtubs, water from fish tanks (especially good for plants), etc.
These are just a few ways to utilise water that we usually consider waste water.
Always run home appliances on full load
Modern washing machines and dish washers are much better than us at cleaning our cloths and utensils using significantly less water, but only when you run them on full load. Otherwise, you end up wasting water instead of saving it.
Finally, share this post on social media. Seriously! The more you spread the word the more water we end up saving as a community.
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