The easiest way to reduce water is to use the free water around you. Catch rain water in your cistern. Use grey water to water your plants. When these options are not possible, and you have to use water, use these 7 simple actions to reduce the amount of water you consume. Saving water will not only save you money on your water bill, but it will also help to save the environment and reduce emissions that are causing global warming.
Leaking toilets, faucets and pipes allow water and your money to go down the drain. Studies have shown that homes can waste up to 10% of their water bill on leaks which cost you and the environment. Turn off all the water and check your meter to see if it is still running. If it is, you have a leak. Put food coloring in your toilet tank, if it runs into the bowl, you have a leak. Check for dripping faucets and taps and have them repaired. And don’t forget to check outside for leaking hoses and pipes.
Overestimating the water you need, results in waste. Only use the water you need. Showering instead of taking a bath could save you up to 400 liters a week. Don’t overfill the kettle when making a cup of tea or the pot when cooking. Only fill and boil what you need, this will save you money on your energy costs too.
Turning off the tap or shower while you soap up can also save. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water. Wash your produce in the sink or a pan that is partially filled with water instead of running water from the tap.