10 Ways To Conserve Water
Moving to the country in the middle of summer has meant being more mindful of our water usage. Not that we were frivolous about it before, but we’ve moved from being on town supply to water tanks; the switch to tank water means we keeping tabs on how much water we’re using is important (especially considering how hot and dry it’s been lately; it’s been so dry that people on town supply are currently banned from using automatic or unattended garden hoses, sprinklers and irrigation devices, and if our tanks run empty there’s a 10 day wait before we can have them filled, as most buk carriers filled up from council supplies).
Today I’m going to share some water shaving tips with you. These are things you can do if you're on tank water, town supply, heatwave or just want to reduce your water usage.
10 ways to conserve water
Soak pots and pans before scraping food of them - we've done this for a while; it's a simple but effective way of conserving water; same goes for washing your dishes in full sink rather than washing them under them under running water.
Turn the taps off - turn your taps off when brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and shaving.
Take shorter showers - even reducing your time showering by as little as 1 - 2 minutes can make a difference.
Take a navy shower - this is when you turn the water off in the middle of the shower while lathering. I have started doing this while washing my hair, as washing my hair takes ages, and uses a lot of water(at least a bathtub’s worth)
Water your plants early in the morning - this helps cut down on evaporation; avoid watering at night as this may encourage mold growth.
Reuse water where you can - we water our garden with water collected from the washing machine (we put the hose into a bucket when the machine is on spin cycle), but you can also use cooking water (make sure it isn't hot) or the water your pots and pans have been soaking in.
Wash fruit and vegetables in a bowl of water - you can also rinse them in a partially full sink with the plug in. Do this instead of washing them under a running tap.
If your dishwasher is new cut back on rinsing them before loading the dishwasher - modern dishwashers can get rid of a lot of dirt/grease.
Use your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load- running a full load is far more efficient in terms of water usage than running two half loads.
Designate one glass/cup for drinking water and/or hot drinks out of each day - do this instead of rinsing/washing cups after reach use. Having a bottle you can refill throughout the day is also a good idea.