Water saving tips

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My today’s article is about saving water at home.

Five Water Saving Tips!

Do you, like me, spend a considerable chunk of your income on monthly utility bills? Experts think those bills can be reduced in half by just starting to save water in the right way.

Let’s try to learn these saving tips together. How are we going to do this?

Let’s go…

How do we usually wash the dishes? We turn on the tap and let the water flow while we take plates, cups and other dishware one by one and wash them clean. It is common to use washing liquids, so you have to thoroughly rinse everything, otherwise the liquid will leave spots and tiny particles on the plates, which is not good for your health. Naturally, this adds up to your water consumption.

So how can you save water?

Tip 1. Use a sink plug

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Sink plug

Everyone has a rubber sink plug used for plugging the sink’s drain hole. Often times it’ barely used. It works perfectly well for the purposes of saving water, however

You just need to plug the drain hole, fill the sink with water of the right temperature (usually 3–5 litres is enough), add a few drops of washing liquid and start washing up.

We start from washing cups and other dishware that does not have grease on it. We then move on to more greased cutlery and wash it all. We stack the washed but not yet rinsed dishes nearby. We then drain the dirty water and finally open the tap to a medium pressure to thoroughly rinse all the dishes.

That’s it really. You’ll say it’s a trifle. I say it’s not! This way you spend less than half water for washing up in one go than you would have spent washing it in the old way.

You can save up to 10 litres of water per wash. If you add it up to account for a whole day, week or month, you will end up having saved a substantial amount of water.

By the way, it is very common to use the sink plug both in the West. Nobody has the slightest concern about doing it and it is not seen as something embarrassing.

 

Tip 2. Use an aerator

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Tap aerator

An aerator is a marvellous thing. Does any of you know what it is and how it can be used to save water?

Actually, all modern kitchen taps and shower mixer taps are already equipped with aerators. It is a device with a mesh screen inside that can be screwed onto the tap spout. When the water is running, it gives you a perception of a higher water pressure and thus prevents you from fully opening the tap.

Experts believe that the use of an aerator helps to conserve up to 30% of water without causing any obvious inconveniences. Besides, the extra pressure it creates makes washing up more efficient.

You could say the same about using it inside a shower mixer tap.

Many people just remove the aerator when the pressure is low and the water flow is slow. But this could be due to the clogging of the filter screen which needs cleaning. Remove the aerator from the tap (just unscrew it), pull out the mesh, wash it and then put it back. Big deal!

So don’t ever remove this handy essential device screwed to your tap. It allows you to reduce your water consumption by a third. If you have not installed aerators on your taps yet, invest in them once for a continuous water conservation.

Moving on …

Let’s now move to your bathroom. The third water saving tip is related to washing your face, or rather brushing your teeth.

How do we actually brush teeth? You would say there’s nothing special about it. We open the tap, rinse our mouth, apply toothpaste to a toothbrush and start brushing our teeth as vigorously as we choose to, during one to three minutes. While we are up to this, the water flows out of the tap in a full stream. This is how we are used to do it. But do we really need it that way? Did you know that we can waste up to 10 litres in just one minute?

What if you have other family members who need to brush their teeth? Imagine how much excessive water just goes down the drain. This is pure squander, which you have to pay for.

An ordinary cup or a glass is all you need to make dramatic changes. Each time you clean your teeth, grab a cup, pour water into it and close the tap. As easy as that.

You then clean your teeth and rinse your mouth using the cup. It is a matter of about 300 gram of water. Not the 10–20 litres you used to need for one tooth brushing process. Can you feel the difference?

Many of you might say they are used to brusing their teeth without any cups and that’s the way they like it. But consider the fact that without taking much effort you can significantly reduce your water consumption. I’m sure many will agree to that.

Tip 3. Use a cup for rinsing your teeth after you’ve brushed them.

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Using a cup

This tip also goes well with shaving.

The next water saving tips concern the use of the bathroom. Many will notice, upon careful inspection, that their toilet cistern is leaking. It could be a very small leak, but still it wastes water.

Many are oblivious to this problem. They might occasionally notice that the cistern is filling, but this sound is not very audible and many will not pay attention to it.

Take a closer look at your toilet pan for the signs of a leaking cistern. Should you confirm it, you need to rectify the problem as soon as possible. It might seem like a minor waste of water.

But if you actually measure how much water per minute goes down the drain and multiply this figure by the number of days in a year, you are in for an unpleasant surprise.

Even if you consider a leak of, say, 100 g/min, it actually amounts to about 140 l per day, 4 t per month and 50 t per year. Just imagine the size of a lake you could fill with this water! As if pouring clean, fresh water down the drain was not bad enough, we are actually paying for it!

That said, in Africa or Asia water is precious. I might be exaggerating, but still...

Just think about it.

Based on what I said above:

Tip 4. Have the shut-off and flush valves of your toilet fixed.

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Water leaking from the cistern

As it happens, my last tip also concerns the toilet. Many people have a single-flush toilet.

Take a look at the cistern. If the cistern only has one flush button, it means you are not conserving water as you should. I highly recommend installing a double-flush cistern. It enables you to choose between two flushing modes as required. You get my point here.

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Flushing system

When you press the usual flush button, you spend up to 5–7 l in one go. Whereas by pressing the short-flush button, you will waste 50% less water.

The cost-efficiency is obvious here.

If, for any reason, you can’t replace your flushing system, I’d like to give you one more piece of advice that could potentially reduce your water consumption significantly.

Tip 5. Fill two to three 1-litre plastic bottles with water and put them inside the cistern.

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Bottles inside the cistern

The cistern’s volume will decrease significantly, and so it will be filled with 2–3 l less water intended for the flush.

It might seem like a negligible amount at first, but if you calculate the yearly conservation rate, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Let’s summarise our water saving efforts.

My basic, average estimates showed me I managed to save at least 35-40% of the water I used to consume before.

This is definitely a significant improvement of my household expenditures. Look after the pennies, etc.

Now you know how to conserve water at home. Take my advice and inspect your plumbing. Change some of your habits and save water and also your money.