Low Impact Guide:

How to Save Water at Home

How to Save Water at Home

There are many ways you can cut down on your water usage in your home, and they all start with making small changes. We’ll show you some easy steps to take that will make a big difference!

It may not feel like it, but water is an increasingly scarce resource. Global water resources are finite, and they’re becoming more strained year after year.

The world is facing the worst water crisis in history. By 2025, more than half the world population will live in areas with severe water stress. Yet we continue to waste this precious resource by leaving taps on while brushing our teeth or shaving.

The good news: it’s not too hard to start making significant changes to your water use today!

Turning the tap off 

Keeping water running whilst you shave or brush your teeth is a mindless habit most of us are in, but that water use can quickly add up. By turning off the flow of water unless you are actively using it, you can drastically reduce your water use during these activities.

Hand dishes

Washing dishes by hand is a tedious chore, but you need to do it. 

Try filling the sink before doing the dishes, instead of running water constantly. This dishwashing hack uses less water and less time than running the tap while doing the dishes. It’s also more environmentally friendly since you’re not wasting as much water or electricity on heating that water in the first place.

Dishwasher

You might think that hand washing your dishes is more environmentally friendly than using a dishwasher. Perhaps surprisingly, you might well be wrong! The average household dishwasher uses 12 litres of water per cycle, as opposed to hand washing, which can use up to nine times as much!

Filling up the dishwasher with dishes before turning it on will help to make it as water and power efficient as possible. This way it will run more efficiently, saving money on your utility bills, and also reducing your carbon footprint!

Washing machine

Your washing machine is one of the biggest water and energy hogs in your home. The average wash cycle uses 39 to 53 litres of water. One way that you can easily make this more efficient is to wait to put on a full load of washing, rather than using your machine at half capacity. Most washing machines also have an eco-mode setting which uses less water and power than a normal cycle.

Shorter showers

Did you know that showers account for 25% of domestic water use? A power shower lasting just 8 minutes uses 104 litres of water

Taking shorter showers can be good for the environment and your wallet. 

Install a water-saving shower head

Did you know that they make water saving shower heads? Another great way to reduce the water usage of your showers is to make the switch to a more efficient shower head. Changing your shower head out for one of these efficient models can save the average family over 13 thousand litres of water a year.

Bath vs shower

Looking to soak for a while? It only takes 10 minutes in a power shower to use the same amount of water as the average bath. The chances are that if you like to spend a bit of time in the shower or bath, that a bath would save on water use.

Use water saving toilet / put a bottle of water in the cistern

Flushing the toilet is another task that uses more water than you’d imagine (14 litres for a single flush style, or 2.6 to 4 for a newer dual flush style). By filling a plastic bottle with water, and placing it in your toilet cistern, you can quickly and easily reduce the amount of water used in every flush, no matter what style of flush your toilets use.

Check your toilet and plumbing for leaks

When was the last time you checked your toilet for leaks? While you’re at it, check your pipes and taps. Making sure that everything is running smoothly and effectively is best for your water bill and for the environment.

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