The media has been dominated with environmental issues for many years. For most of this time, the focus of articles and editorials has been firmly on how we can reduce our carbon footprint. However, now the attention has shifted. While there is still a lot of press being given to our carbon footprint, water is now the central focus.
Of course, reducing our water footprint does, by association, reduce our carbon footprint, but there is a lot of time and column inches being given to raising the awareness of how much water we use.
Do you know how much water you use at home, and more specifically, which activities use the most water? Here is a look at some of the most common things we do at home that use water, and some tips for how you can reduce your usage in these areas.
In the Shower
In the average household, 25% of all water usage involved showering. If you live in a home with four or more people, then there is every chance that this figure might increase further, depending on other variables.
Most people shower for between seven and ten minutes, although we all know people who would be happy to be in there for up to 30 minutes and wouldn’t give it a second thought.
The first thing to do to reduce water consumption is to become mindful of how long you spend in the shower. Five minutes is the optimum time that also allows you to wash and ensure your personal hygiene is where you need it to be; buy a shower timer if you need one in order to track how long it takes you.
You should also shop for shower heads at Agua Flux; this will reduce water flow and your usage, as long as you’re also mindful of time.
Close behind the shower, water used when flushing the toilet is responsible for 22% of your water use on average. While modern toilets are often manufactured to use less water, or have a ‘half flush’ option allowing you to manually do so, many of us live in older houses where toilets use much more water than they actually need.
One way around this is to buy a cistern controller so that your tank doesn’t always fill up 100%, although you can always use the manual methods of a brick or a bottle filled with stones and pebbles.
In the Kitchen
Water use in the kitchen, which includes washing food, dishes, boiling the kettle, and washing machine use, accounts for the same volume of use as toilet flushing.
The steps to take here are all simple and practical, but are all more involved from your perspective than the other water reduction methods already explored.
You simply need to be more mindful; wash dishes in a bowl rather than with running water, only put what you need in the kettle, and only use a dishwasher and washing machine when it’s full. You can also buy faucet aerators for your taps to reduce water flow.
Not only does taking a proactive approach to water savings help the environment, it saves you a lot of money in water and energy bills, too. Can you afford not to look at your water use and take steps to reduce it?
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Laura is passionate about the environment and firmly believes individuals and businesses should be doing all they can to save water, reduce their carbon footprint, and be involved with other eco-friendly initiatives.