As we continually look for green improvements to our home we may literally be draining away our most valuable commodity – the water we use not just for consumption but in existing household technology.
A lot of this waste occurs in what the Europeans call ‘water closets’, and for a good reason.
From showers to toilets, over half the water households consume is used in the lavatory, but what can be done to reduce water consumption in an affordable and practical way?
Low flow shower heads are a quick and easy piece of technology aimed at reducing the amount of water used by a shower. Not only can this device cut water by up to 15,000 gallons per year, but it can reduce overall water heating bills by as much as ten percent.
Similarly, low-flow toilets are another great idea aimed at conserving water – these lavatory systems use only one third of the water used in older toilet systems.
Introducing an aerator to the tap flow reduces tap flow by around thirty percent, this gadget does so by injecting air bubbles into the water flow, thereby keeping the flow apparently the same but using less water.
The idea is to keep the pressure the same through direct air injection. However for those who would rather look at better using existing systems without spending money, here are tips on how to cut water without opening your purse or wallet.
It should now be common practice to turn water off when brushing teeth, yet it’s surprising how many people still don’t do this very easy task.
Whilst shaving, similarly, turn off the tap. Getting slightly more technical, place a plastic milk jug filled with stones into the toilet cistern. This maintains the stability of the water and allows for a similar flush, but it will stop too much water re-filling the tank unnecessarily.
Regarding baths, how much water is being wasted through the drain whilst we wait for the water to warm up? Try putting this water into a bucket and using it for plants outside.
Around 30 percent of the water we use at home is used out in the lawn and in washing the car. In doing the latter, one might think it more green to wash the car at home, however the amount of water used in industrial car washes is often far less than what it would take to do the job at home. Garden hoses spray about eight gallons per minute, which is much more than used at your local car wash. Plus, by doing the car wash at home, you’re sending oils and other chemicals down local drains, whereas the car wash has special facilities to deal with toxins.
There are even products out there that function as a water-less way of washing your car. Simply spray the cleansing product on to a duster and clean – some of these products claim it’s possible to get ten washes per unit without using any water whatsoever.
Water is an incredibly valuable resource, and given that many in the world have poor access to clean water, we can all do our bit in the home to ensure we’re sensible with the luxury of safe and abundant water.
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