Saving water in the home
Water is a precious resource, indispensable for life and must be used responsibly, as it is a scarce commodity. For this reason, here are a series of recommendations for more efficient water consumption
Water is a source of life and an indispensable, but not inexhaustible, resource. It is estimated that by 2030, about 20% of developing countries will face difficulties in obtaining water. Moreover, by the middle of this century, population growth will cause demand to increase by about 50%. It is therefore not surprising that the United Nations and other national and international organisations are doing their utmost to educate the public about the importance of using water responsibly and reducing water imbalances.
It can be said that there is no confidence in securing water supply in our region. Knowledge and understanding of sustainable practices and care for the ecosystem are fundamental to saving consumption. Undoubtedly, efficient water use starts with ourselves. So here are some recommendations to mitigate water consumption through small gestures:
Saving water in the bathroom
- While you are waiting for the shower water to heat up, take the opportunity to fill other containers (there are special bags for this purpose). This way you can reuse the stored water for washing up or watering plants.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or soaping up.
- Place a waste bin in the bathroom to avoid treating the toilet as a rubbish bin.
- Take a shower instead of a bath. The shower is half the amount of water used to fill the bathtub.
- Use eco-friendly water tanks or dual-flush water tanks to flush only the amount of water required. Otherwise, put two bottles of water in the water tank.
- Run the washing machine at full load and run the correct programme. Remember that a half load washer uses about the same amount of water as a full load washer.
- Install economisers or aerators on taps and shower heads. They reduce the flow rate and make a negligible difference.
Saving water in the kitchen
- Defrost food in the refrigerator. Do not do it under water. You will save money and improve taste and food safety.
- Thanks to environmentally friendly household appliances, in addition to water, you can also save energy.
- Use the dishwasher as often as necessary, but at full capacity. If you wash dishes by hand, do not let the water run; first rinse everything and then rinse.
- Turn off the main water tap in the house a little. You will not notice the difference in flow rate and you will save a lot of water every day.
- If you detect a water leak, repair the fault as soon as possible.
Saving water in the garden
- Design the irrigation system according to the needs of your garden. It is advisable to install automatic drip irrigation systems.
- When irrigating with a sprinkler, study the position, flow rate and area of coverage of the sprinkler correctly.
- Try not to water in the middle of the day: the temperature is higher and there is more evaporation. Also, your plants can suffer more if you water when it is very hot.
- If there is grass in the garden, try to adjust the mowing height to 5 cm to maintain sufficient moisture in the root area.
Efficient water use starts with ourselves
These are tips offered by GIL STAUFFER, your removal company since 1905.