No-Brainer Ways You Could be Saving Water

No-Brainer Ways You Could be Saving Water

No-Brainer Ways You Could be Saving Water

Water is a natural commodity that, due to its ready availability, is often taken for granted. Unless there’s a drought and water restrictions come into play, changing the way we use water doesn’t tend to be a priority. But we don’t have an endless supply of fresh water.

Around 97 per cent of the water on earth is salt water, and of the 3 per cent of fresh water, 2 per cent is stored in glaciers! You guessed it, that leaves a mere 1 per cent available for drinking water. Even without this incentive to preserve our precious resource, none of us want to throw money away on water bills that are unnecessarily high. Employ these room-by-room tips and you’ll cut your water bills without feeling a thing.

How many of you clean your teeth every day? And how many of you leave the tap running during the entire cleaning process? If you leave the tap running, you use about 18 litres of water per minute and, depending on how much time you take in doing so, it can add up to 36 litres per clean. Turn off the tap while you brush and you could save around 10,000 litres of water a year.

The half-flush systems should use at most 9 litres per full flush, and no more than 4.5 litres for a half flush. You don’t have to buy a completely new toilet to take advantage of these savings. Simply go to your local plumbing or hardware store and purchase a new dual-flush cistern.

WATERWISE TIPS: Buying a new dishwasher? Check the star rating. The higher the star rating, the more economical they are to operate. Most modern dishwashers also come with additional water saving buttons: Eco Wash, Quick Wash or Fast Wash settings vastly reduce the amount of water required for the cleaning cycle, and that means reduced bills for you.

Also consider planting drought-tolerant species such as stonecrops and succulents – they require much less water to thrive.


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