Whether it be for sustainability reasons or simply economic considerations saving water makes good sense. Not only in terms of helping the environment but also cutting down on home utility bills. Of the many ways to save water in the home some require a simple change of habit, like turning the tap off when brushing one’s teeth or soaping one’s hands. Other obvious ways to save water include checking the washers on taps to prevent drips. Then there are more high-tech ways of saving water involving specialist equipment or installations. Here below we look at a variety of solutions and approaches to save water at home.
Water is a finite resource
According to some experts potable water will be the oil of the future. This is underlined by the greater distances that water sources are located from urban centres nowadays. And the growing interest of big banks and corporations in the purchase of all things water related, including aquifers, water rights, purification and other technologies concerned with water treatment.
Annual water usage in the typical UK home
According to statistics a single person household consumes 54 cubic meters (12,000 gallons approx.) of water annually. The figure is doubled for a two person household and reaches 191 cubic meters (42,000 gallons approx.) for a five person household. The home then is a critical place to begin raising consciousness regarding all things related to water conservation.
Electro domestic and other appliances
Going straight to the source, where the water is plumbed is another obvious place to start when implementing water saving. The Waterforest initiative by Noken represents water savings of 89% based on a combination of factors in the bathroom ranging from aerators, thermostatic taps to dual flush Eco toilets etc. When considering ways of how to save water at home kitchen appliances are also important. Dishwashers should be fully loaded and preferably left over food should be scraped off rather than rinsed. The front loaded washing machine is generally more efficient with water use than top loaded models.
The sustainable use of water in the garden
The garden should also be taken into consideration when implementing water savings. The collection of rain water for example from gutters or from open barrels can provide a resource for irrigation. Watering plants during the summer months early in the morning to avoid evaporation will also ensure a more efficient water usage.
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The average human body is composed of 60% water and our very existence on the planet is predicated upon it. Water conservation is non negotiable, it’s one of those few black and white issues that everyone agrees on. The subject of water savings is broad ranging and compelling because one way or another we will all have to adapt. Further reading regarding simple and more complex solutions is recommended, because when it comes to water every drop counts. To help you get started download this guide.