10 of the simplest water-saving tips yet.
It’s not just the Cape that’s in a serious water crisis… scientists are warning that by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population could be facing serious water shortages.
The time to act is now.
We need to all save water, every person, in every home.
What’s more, with the price of H20 on the rise, we’ll not only be saving the planet, but some of our hard-earned cash too.
So how much water can we really save?
Swimming pools of it – every year!
1. Cap your taps.
The less water that comes out of your bathroom taps – the better. Did you know that taps dispense about 7 litres every minute? Just picture that: 7 1-litre bottles lined up beside your basin every time you wash your hands, brush your teeth or shave with the tap running. Rather turn the tap off whilst you do the above and use a cup or a little water in the basin instead.
2. Tap into shower power.
On average, showers use less water than baths. Just make sure to take shorter showers (a four-minute shower uses about 40litres of water). And to take your water-saving to the next level, invest in a low-flow showerhead or stand in a big, shallow bucket in the shower. Most of your shower water can then be re-used in your garden or transferred to flush the loo later. Addis’ range of buckets come in loads of sizes. They’re durable too – with added features like easy pouring spouts and wheels for effortless moving.
If you have smaller kids, bath them altogether. Also, put less water in the bath, and after that, use an Addis watering can to redistribute the water to your thirsty garden.
3. Drop the drips.
That slow-dripping tap could have a staggering effect on your water usage. In fact, it’s estimated that as much as 14% of indoor water use is wasted on leaks…Fix it.
Do you know how to tell if your toilet leaks? To test, put a piece of toilet paper on the back wall of your toilet. If it stays dry you’re home free, whereas if it turns wet, you know you have a drip on your hands. If so, call a plumber, or fix it yourself (Wikipedia can show you how).
4. Mind your mop.
Cleaning floors doesn’t just take a lot of time, it can waste a lot of water too. Requiring only 10% the normal amount of water and half the time, the Spritza mop has a built-in bottle which sprays a little water just ahead of the mop. And the removable microfibre mop head can be popped in the washing machine to be cleaned. No bucket of water needed to clean the floor, nor another one to clean the mop.
5. Flush less.
Only flush the toilet when really necessary, and don’t use it as a dustbin for cigarette butts, facial tissues or other small pieces of waste.
If you don’t have a half-flush option, fill an empty plastic bottle with sand, put the lid back on and drop it in the toilet cistern. You will save that amount of water each time you flush.
6. Max out the mother load.
Save time, energy, money and water with this one: the days of half-loads are long gone. Only full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher from now on!
7. Discover the greatness of grey water.
Reusing water can help you to save hundreds of litres every week. We’ve already mentioned showering while standing in a big bucket, but how about also capturing and re-using your roof water? Simply install a container under your gutter outflow. Addis has all kinds of shapes and sizes of buckets and basins – find one that fits nicely under your drainpipe.
Flush the toilet, water the plants or even clean your car with what you save.
8. Keep your drinking water in the fridge.
In summer, running the cold tap while you wait for it to get colder is wasteful. Rather store whatever immediately comes out of the tap in the fridge.
And if you’re running the hot water, while waiting for it to heat up, fill your bottles with the first few litres of cool water.
9. Save everything but the kitchen sink.
While you’re waiting to fill up your dishwashing machine, you may have a few odds and ends you need to wash up. Rather than filling the kitchen sink every time, how about rinsing your dishes in a smaller bucket that fits inside your sink? Addis has all kinds of sizes – check them out here.
10. Get water-wise in your garden.
If water is not here in unlimited quantities, lavish gardens are less and less practical. Perhaps less lawn and more pathways could serve you better, or less roses and more rosemary. Choosing plants that naturally grow in your part of the world (and are therefore more used to water scarcity and hot weather) is the most obvious way to save on water and save your garden during a drought.
In addition, use watering cans rather than hosepipes and irrigation systems, which can run up to 1000 litres per hour.
Surround the base of your plants with bark, compost and straw mulch to help them resist heavy water evaporation. Also, water early in the morning or late in the afternoon and when it’s not windy.
Plant some of your plants in one of these Addis pots where possible – none of the water is lost, and all of it is useful to the plant.
10 simple ways to save water, the planet and a lot of money!
Do you have any other tried-and-tested ways to save water? If so, please share with us in the comments section below.