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20 ways you can save water at home

Conserving water goes a long way, but you can always start at home
ST701 Editorial Team - May 7, 2014
By: Huda Nabilah Afandi
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20 ways you can save water at home

We have been taking water for granted and sometimes using more than necessary. However, it is vital to start conserving precious water. Here are 20 ways you can save water at home:

In the kitchen

1. Choose the exact pan size when cooking. Large pans may need more water to cook than required.

2. Keep a jug of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of taking it from a running tap. This way, you won’t risk the water going down the drain.

3. Use the same glass to drink from every day or refill a water bottle. It will lessen the number of glasses needed to be washed.

4. Don’t wash dishes under running water. Fill one basin with soap water and the other with water to rinse the dishes.

5. For a large amount of dishes, dishwashers use less water than washing by hand. Energy Star certified dishwashers save even more water and energy.

6. Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water. Afterwards, use the water to water the plants.

7. Don’t use running water to thaw food. Instead, defrost food in the refrigerator. It is much healthier and it saves water. Or you can use the same water that washed the fruits and vegetables to thaw food.

8. If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in plants instead.

For laundry

9. Match the amount of water to the size of the load when doing laundry.

10. Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to almost 3,800 litres of water a month.

11. When buying a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up to 75 litres of water per load.

In the bathroom

12. As you wash your hands, turn off the water while you lather your hands with soap.

13. Shorten your shower by a minute or two otherwise you can time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 568 litres of water per month.

14. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. You can also fill a cup of water to rinse your mouth from.

15. Avoid throwing tissues in the toilet bowl and flushing them as you’ll be wasting water.

16. Make sure to check for toilet leaks at least once a year. The dangerous part is they can be silent!

17. You can check toilet leaks yourself too by putting food colouring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, it means your toilet is leaking. Fix it so you’ll start saving water and money.

18. Consider buying a dual-flush toilet bowl. Lesser water will be use for flushing liquid waste as there are separate buttons instead of one button for a full-flush for every waste.

Indoors (General)

19. Keep track of your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water metre are tools that can help you discover leaks.

20. Calculate your daily water usage to see how much water you use. Make sure it doesn’t exceed the normal usage and start cutting down on your wastage if it does.

Following these tips will not only help you save water but your money as well. Let’s strive to create a more eco-friendly environment!

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