Tip 1: Save water by plugging your basin when doing dishes
Running the hot tap to wash your dishes is a needless waste of water. Instead, fill the sink with hot water and one or two squirts of dishwashing liquid (but don’t fill it too full), and wash your dishes in that. Then turn the tap on for a quick rinse after soaping each dish before turning it off. The water will fill up the sink and help soak the remaining dishes.
Tip 2: Recycle water as much as possible
How many times a week do you cook pasta, or steam or boil vegetables? Often that leftover water ends up down the drain. Next time, save the water and use it to start vegetable stock for soups, or to nurture and water your plants with. Furthermore, instead of washing vegetables and fruits under running water, wash them in a bowl, and use the water to, again, water your plants. So many ways to kill two birds with one stone!
If you have a dehumidifier at home, reuse the water for your plants or for hand-washing clothes rather than wasting it by dumping it down the drain or toilet.
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Tip 3: Flush less
It may sound slightly icky, but if you abide by this rule, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow”, you get the gist. A single flush can use between three litres (for a half flush, water efficient toilet bowl) and nine litres (full flush and non-water efficient toilet bowl) of water. There’s no need to flush every single time — especially if you have a bustling household (or you’ve eaten a bunch of asparagus and it’s all a bit stinky down there). And according to experts, it’s not unhygienic if you’re well-hydrated — just clean your toilet regularly.
Tip 4: Turn the tap off when cleaning your teeth
There’s absolutely no need to put the tap on and leave it running when you wash your teeth. It does nothing except go straight down the plughole and onto your water bill. Turn it off and only flip it on to clean your brush and rinse the sink, as and when you need. And use a glass of water to rinse your mouth, instead of leaving the tap on and cupping water into your mouth.
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Tip 5: Dishwashers are your new best friends
Whilst many believe that hand washing your dishes is the eco-friendly option — using a dishwasher can actually save more water. A dishwasher uses, on average, 10-14 liters of water (depending on the model) whereas hand-washing requires 30-40 liters. So rather than tirelessly doing your own dishes, why not invest in a new dishwasher (from reputable brands like Bosch and Electrolux) and give yourself a break from the dishes, and save some money? When purchasing a new dishwasher, make sure you get one that has a four-tick rating.
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Tip 6: Wash full loads when doing laundry
Is your favourite outfit not washed yet but you want it for the weekend? It’s easy to shove a few pieces into the washing machine on a quick cycle, but that is a huge waste of electricity and water and will really show up on your bills. Make sure you always load a full drum of clothes before you put the machine on, and where possible, use an eco-cycle or light wash.
Similarly, if you’re getting a new machine, get one that has a four-tick rating (which uses six litres or less of water per kg load) and is front loading — it’s considered more water and energy efficient.
Tip 7: Wash clothes in the shower
You’ve heard about bathing with rubber duckies, but what about bathing with your clothes? It’s a great way to save time and water when it comes to hand-washing your delicates and expensive fabrics. Simply place your pieces in a basin to collect water as you shower, then hand wash the pieces after you’re done.
Tip 8: Take shorter showers
Although long and hot showers are life’s greatest pleasures, a shower shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes. Not only can long showers seriously dry out your skin, it also wastes tons of water when you let the water run continuously.
One way to shave time off is to wash your hair every other day (and you don’t have to lather your hair with shampoo twice!). If you can shave off just five minutes from your daily shower, you’d be amazed how quickly it adds up to water saved and monies saved too.
Additional tip: Use a timer or stopwatch to time your showers. Set it for two minutes and jump out as soon as the alarm goes off. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to make sure you’re not using more water than necessary.
Tip 9: Or better yet, share a shower with your partner
Aside from being sensual and naughty, bathing with your other half is practical too. Whether it’s a bathtub or shower cubicle, if you both wash together, you use half the water than if you wash separately. Plus, you get to hang out with your beau, butt naked. It’s a win-win. Just don’t hang out, with the water running, for too long.
Tip 10: Head to a car wash that recycles water
You may think car washes will be more wasteful with water than yourself (or your hubby, if he’s willing) but actually, if they recycle their water, it’s far better. Take some time to find out which ones do recycle and then drive there when your car needs some TLC. It also takes one more chore off your shoulders!