From cooking meals to practising basic hygiene and keeping the house clean, we use plenty of water at home every day. Most of the time, we simply proceed with these tasks without ever thinking about the volume of water being used, but perhaps it would be no harm to pause and consider this first.
This infographic from Nature’s Water looks at the different ways in which you can easily cut down on water consumption in your home. For example, wait until your washing machine or dishwasher is almost full before turning it on, as these use the same amount of water irrespective of being full or nearly empty. When brushing your teeth or shaving, don’t leave the tap flowing the whole time. For showering, buy a low-flow showerhead that will use far less water without compromising on performance.
Indeed, if you have the finances to do so, it may be worth upgrading some of your household appliances, as newer models are often far more efficient than old appliances. For instance, an old dishwasher would typically use 16 gallons of water in one cycle, whereas a modern, energy-efficient version might use no more than 5 or 6 gallons.
Find out more about saving water at home in the infographic below.
With World Water Day approaching, water safeguarding and preservation is at the forefront of our minds. In 2016, the most severe crisis facing cities is water shortages. However, with some small changes in daily water usage, it is possible for households to become more self-sufficient when it comes to water supply. From saving water in our homes to large scale water conservation projects, conserving water can help not only the environment but also our back pocket. But what is water conservation?
Water conservation refers to ‘’any beneficial reduction of water usage, loss or waste. It also includes the strategies and activities to manage and protect water resources to meet the demand for human consumption.’’ By understanding all of the benefits of conserving water, from the maintenance of essential aquatic ecosystems to saving exorbitant amounts of money spent annually on recycling, cleaning and purifying water, we are helping the world’s environment and our local area. The Water Filter Men created this infographic that looks at everything from tips to conservation projects worldwide. Let’s take a look!
The high cost of running a business is due to many expenses incurred on a regular basis. The one expense that can better controlled, is the everyday overhead costs of keeping a workplace operational. One of those costs that be reduced is water usage and consumption. This is because various means and methods exist to curb the amount of water used within the workplace in a manner that still makes the workplace comfortable and convenient for all employees, staff and visitors. Water is a necessity in a business or any office but managing usage is a smart move to help save some money on operating costs.
The bathroom area is one that is a requirement for a workplace but a few small changes can make a big difference in the amount of water used in those bathrooms. One option is to have water saving, low flow toilets installed as they use less water and thus help to save on water bills each and every month. Yet another way to manage water consumption in bathroom areas is to opt for sinks with automatic faucets that run for a brief period of time when hands are waved under the sensor. This helps prevent over usage and also helps in terms of people forgetting to turn water off once they are done using the facilities.
Most workplaces have some form of a kitchen area where coffee is made and employees have access to a refrigerator to store their lunches. Water management in this area can be better controlled by having a dishwasher installed for plates and cups owned by the business and then having the dishwasher run only when full as opposed to people washing items one by one which wastes more water. In addition, a water cooler can be installed and thus people can get water for drinking purposes out of the cooler compared to a sink which could be prone to leaks or being left on unintentionally. A business could also opt to not offer water to employees have them bring their own from home to further control water costs.
Other Ideas and Options
Workplaces that have exterior areas that are landscaped tend to use a lot more water simply for the care and upkeep of those areas. One way to manage water usage in those areas is to have rain catchers installed and thus the trapped rainwater can be used for watering of plants, bushes and shrubs instead of costly hose water. Water is also used in the workplace for things such as cleaning, hosing down sidewalks and walkways, power washing buildings, window washing and even simply helping to keep the exterior of the property free from dust, dirt and debris. One way to control those costs and water usage for these purposes is to have a set schedule and time for using water to clean.
Another option is to outsource power or pressure washing and window washing so that professionals who can do the job faster and more efficiently are in charge of those issues and thus less water is used because the job moves along quicker. For additional ideas and suggestions, please visit http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/ and check out their helpful hints and suggestions.
Ron Swingly is a content writer for www.waterselect.com and has been involved in water conservation for a better part of 10 years. He is always up to date on the current green projects going on for water consumption conservation and has become an expert in the green market of ways to save water.
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
If you’re looking to lower your utilities bill, or are simply eco-conscious, reducing water waste around the home has both financial and environmental benefits. As one of our most precious resources, managing our usage of water is of the utmost importance. Need some convincing?
• According to the UN, by 2030, 47% of the world’s population will be living in high-stress water areas.
• Over 80% of wastewater is not collected/treated, most of it from urban areas. Urban populations are set to grow by 2.9 billion from now until 2050.
• In 60% of European cities with a population of over 100 000, groundwater is being used at a faster rate than it can be replenished.
• In the last century, water use has been growing at twice the rate of population growth.
• The number of climate refugees as a result of floods, loss of wetlands and rising sea levels is set to increase to 2 billion.
• Yields from rain-dependent agriculture could be reduced by up to 50% by 2020.
• Due to population increase, there will be a 70% increase in demand for food by 2040. This means that the world’s water supply will be responsible for supporting the agricultural and water needs of an additional 2.7 billion.
Practice What You Preach
Waste water is perhaps the biggest issue when it comes to domestic water use. Greywater is defined as the waste water that results from laundry, dish washing and bathing. Essentially, it refers to water containing mild detergents, but no human waste or harsh chemicals. Greywater can be used to flush the toilet – it just needs to be added to the cistern.
A second use for greywater is for garden irrigation. In fact, it comes with a slight fringe benefit – mild detergents contain nitrates, the same chemicals used in fertilizers to encourage plant growth. You
can purchase a special greywater tank, and divert your bath water, for example, to flow into the tank. It is vital not to leave the greywater sitting in the tank for too long, however, since it will start to smell. The same reason that greywater can benefit plant growth is also why one should not pour it into any kind of garden pond – the added nitrates will lead to algae growth.
Don’t Rain On My Parade
Rainwater is another great source that can be used to irrigate your garden, or wash your car – any outdoor chore, really. Special tanks can be purchased, so in order to store the rainwater. There are also rainwater diverters, which are special devices used, as the name suggests, to divert the rain away from your gutter in order to top up your pool, or divert it into a collection tank.
Other household suggestions to help reduce your water consumption include replacing the washers on dripping taps, or at least placing a jug beneath it and using the collected water the next day. Switch the shower off when you’re busy lathering your hair, or leaving in a conditioner that requires a wait time. Don’t complete the laundry until you have a full load, and not just a few items.
Remain water-wise – the future of the planet lies in your hands.
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Grace Matthews is a London-based lifestyle blogger who never hesitates to make use of plumbers services when the waterworks give trouble!
When you watch the news you always see something being said about the state of the planet. There's always one thing that's going to make us extinct. If it's not global warming it's the amount of trees we're cutting down. The planet needs to be looked after and there's not enough people doing it. They don't say something bad will happen to frighten you. They say it because it eventually will happen and they want to make sure they postpone it for as long as possible. You won't suffer, but someone in your family will, many years from now.
We all have to do our part. If you're reading this then I hope you're ready to start making changes. Something that anyone can do right away is begin to turn their home green. I'm not talking about painting it, but by changing a few things you do and trying to help out the environment. It's not exactly hard and we just don't do it because we're lazy. But not you and that's great. Here's some changes you can start making around the home that will help out, because every little does help.
Throw Out Old Appliances
Before you go throwing stuff out you should know that this doesn't apply to things you've recently bought. By recently I mean in the last 10 years. Anything older and it is likely that it's wasting much more energy than it needs to. What do you expect? Things improve every year and sometimes you have things that are out-of-date before they're even released. If you don't have the money then keep it in mind for when you're in a better position to replace them.
Don't Waste Water
There's no point in wasting water when you don't need to. It's just careless and a complete waste. Simple changes can make all the difference. Having a shower instead of a bath every day is one way to go. Nobody is saying you shouldn't have a bath, but taking one every day just wastes water. Use a broom when you clean the garden path instead of reaching for the hose. There's also things you can install, like an aerator on faucets and you'll save loads.
Watch Your Temperature
Install a thermostat and it will keep your home at the right temperature. You don't need to have the heating on full blast when you're at work, unless of course you work at home. It will turn the temperature up for you in the morning so you don't need to have it too high while you sleep. If you have an old furnace you can replace it with a newer model, because since everything improves every year you will find the ones these days are much more energy efficient.
Be Careful With Plastics
Plastic causes huge problems to the environment when it's made. That's why it's more important than anything that we don't use any needlessly. If you take your lunch to work in a plastic bag you can switch it for a box that can be washed when you get home. Don't throw out bottles when they can be filled and used again. If you do need to throw any out make sure your recycle them properly.
Stop Heat From Escaping
You spend far more money that you realize on heating up the whole world. That's because whenever you turn your heating on you have lots of heat escaping through cracks in the windows and doors, as well as other places around the home. The first thing you should do is seal the windows and doors, then if you have an open fireplace you can block it off if you don't use it. Little things can make a big difference and you'll save lots of energy.
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Thomas Anderson is a safety and environment engineer for the past 20 years, and specialises in railroad construction tools.