Living standards in cities are skyrocketing by the day. Saving water as you clean is a great idea to cut costs. Additionally, conserving water is a noble act since it’s a precious resource that none of us can do without. Surprisingly, with the much water, we have on the planet, it is not limitless, especially the freshwater needed for human survival.
The earth is made up of 70% percent water. In spite of that, only 1% is fresh. The rest is salty and 2% is in the form of ice and glacier. Therefore, some areas experience drought now more than before because of climate change. As little and unnecessary as it may seem, little adjustments to cut back on the water goes a long way to help maintain balance the ecology.
With the next generation in mind, here is our list of ways of saving water as you clean:
The moment you notice water leakage in your home as you clean, you should repair it. The first instinct that kicks in is to take a bucket and tap the water. Well, that is thoughtful and you will save water; however, you will still need to fix the leakage as a long-term solution. If you can’t do it yourself, then call for a professional plumber. It’s for your safety. For instance, when you need to go out, the water might overflow. Definitely, that will not be cutting backwater or cost and worse still, you may expose yourself and family to health issues. Water leakage can do more damage than it’s necessary to your exposed structure too.
Turn Off The Tap As You Clean
Turning off the tap when not necessarily using it is the simplest and effective way to save water. Most people have underestimated how much of a difference they can make by turning off the tap on certain occasions. You can maintain white teeth and a beautiful smile and conserve water at the same time. Turn off the tap as you are brushing your teeth. As you are washing your hands, also turn off the tap as you do the scrubbing. Save water by washing vegetables in a basin instead of a running faucet.
Showers bucket is useful when you are trying to balance the temperature of your water. Mostly, we let the water run until the water heats up, wasting gallons of water in the process. The water you have trapped can be used to water your plants or flush the toilet. As you are cleaning your bathtub too, it is good you trap the water in the bucket, instead of letting the faucet run.
Take The Car to a Car Wash
As we are doing our general cleaning or tidying up the garage, it is tempting for you to clean your car. In fact, most do, and there’s no harm to it. Yet, taking your car to a car wash saves so much water than you could have. The water is usually recycled. Next time you feel your car needs a wash, take it to the car wash. Chances stand that it will be cleaner than if you could have done it.
Water Outdoor Plants in The Morning
As you are cleaning, you may want to skip watering the plants for the afternoon or evening when you are relaxing. But watering them in the morning might prove more effective in many ways. For example, in the morning the soil will allow the water to pass through to the roots without losing too much of it to evaporation. The presence of dew also helps in conserving water. When you water in the morning, you also give the plant time to dry off before nightfall. Otherwise, too much of water overnight might cause molding.
Install a Water Meter
When you clean, it is not easy to notice when you are misusing water. In fact, that might be the last thing on your mind. The water meter though will show how much water you have used and the bill you are to pay. This, in a big way, creates an incentive to use less water. This device also helps to detect leakages in pipes. You get a win-win situation.
Use a Dishwasher When Full
Dishwashers do a good job of saving water, and more importantly, when loaded fully. For instance, an energy-efficient dishwasher will use only 4 gallons of water. While handwashing uses up to 20 gallons of water, or even more if the faucet is left running as you are it. If you lack a dishwasher, just fill up the sink and wash your dishes all at once.
Use Your Cleaning Water For Your Plants
Household wash water, also called ‘gray water’ can totally be used to water your plants without causing any harm. It is important for you to know that gray water from dishwashing might contain food remains which may attract rodents and is also visually unpleasant. Therefore, your rinse water from laundry and dishwashing is perfect for irrigation. Whereas, soapy water from dishes is better left to flush the toilet.
Use Water From Water Butts
A water butt is a gadget that can be instilled in your gutter downpipe. After you collect rainwater from the room, you can now use it effectively for cleaning your car, windows, watering plants or topping up fish pods. It greatly helps in conserving water that could otherwise be used from the tap.
Install a ‘Cistern Displacement Device’ in Your Toilet
This helps in cutting down the amount of water flushed down the toilet pan. As you clean your toilet, you will probably flush it more than once. Normally, water-efficient dual-flush toilets will use six liters of water for a full flush. This is an improvement from the old single flush toilets that used 13 liters of water. You can save even much more water by instilling a cistern displacement device. Just place it in the cistern of your toilet and save a whopping 7,300 liters a year.
The Bottom Line
With the above ways of saving water, you should be making a great difference and avoiding a lot of water wastage at home.