Below, are some excellent ways to make your own home more environmentally friendly. This is a short list is not everything you can do, but will give you a good start.
- Getting a plumber to install a low-flow toilet can result in 30% less litres of water used per flush. Taking into account that toilets represent about 30% of your household water consumption (a shower or bath uses the most water), this is significant water conservation method.
- Getting a plumber to install a low-flow showerhead can result in 50% less litres of water used per shower. On average, a five-minute shower with a regular showerhead will use approximately 100 litres of water. A five-minute shower with a low-flow shower head will use approximately 35 litres of water. A good quality low-flow showerhead will feel the exact same as your regular shower head. Save water, save the environment and save money at the same time by installing a low-flow showerhead.
- A semi filled bath saves more water than a quick shower. A typical bath usually takes approximately 150 litres of water. A shower uses about 12-20 litres of water per minute. Doing the maths, that means that if you’re going to take a shower for roughly 10 minutes or more, it’s more economical and you’ll save more water if you take a semi filled short bath.
- A leaky faucet can waste around 75 litres of water per day. Keep an eye out for leaks and have them fixed as soon as you become aware of them. Loosing 75 litres of water a day is equivalent to a half filled bath from above, what a waste!
- A non-stop running toilet can waste up to 750 litres of water per day! That’s a lot of water going down the drain for nothing.
- You should consider purchasing a tankless water heater. A tankless water heater in some cases can save you up to 40% on energy for hot water thus helping the environment and your back pocket!
- Keep an eye out for hidden plumbing leaks in your water system. Plumbing outside of the home often goes undetected unless you look for them. Approximately, up to 30% of water entering the supply-line systems can be lost to leaking pipes. Make sure you call your local plumber to have this fixed urgently.
- When rinsing and cleaning fruits and vegetables, do not use running water. Instead, it is suggested that you fill a small bowl with water to rinse the fruit and vegetables.
- Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth, and only use short bursts to rinse out your mouth.
- Clean foot paths and driveway next to your home with a broom and not a garden hose.
- A great method to check if you have leaks in your water system is to turn off all taps in your house. Then, proceed the water meter for your home and see if it is still running. If its still ticking over, you have a water leak somewhere.