Here are some important numbers when it comes to water:
- 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water
- 1% of all water is safe for consumption
Safe to say, water is incredibly important and valuable.
Kitchen conservation tips
You can drastically reduce your water bill with these easy-to-follow tips from Granite Transformations.
Kitchen tip 1: Don’t leave the taps running
It’s amazing how often we turn on the taps on a daily basis:
- Getting drinking water
- Washing fruits and vegetables
- Rinsing dishes
- Filling pasta pots
Turning off the taps as soon as you have enough water will help lower water consumption.
Smart pre-planning helps too when it comes to how to conserve water at home.
For example, if you’re washing one apple, then by all means run the tap.
But if you are washing a bunch of apples, fill up the sink and let them soak (vs. using running water for each individual apple).
Kitchen tip 2: Properly and fully load the dishwasher before you run it
There was once a rumour that a military test was to see if recruits could properly load a dishwasher.
Whether that rumour is true or not, it certainly helps when it comes to how to save water in daily life inside the kitchen.
No matter if your dishwasher is totally full with every bowl, glass and countertop plate you have – or whether it’s totally empty – it still uses the exact same amount of water.
So it makes sense, then, to prevent water wastage while maximizing efficiency by totally loading your dishwasher and then running it; even if it takes a day or two to fill it up.
Kitchen tip 3: Don’t use running water to defrost frozen items
We’ve probably seen our parents and grandparents grab something out of the freezer and thaw it under hot water.
It may be easy. It may be convenient. But it isn’t very water-friendly for the kitchen.
That’s because you’ll need to wait for the water to heat up and then actually defrost an item that’s as hard as brick.
Instead of using running water, you can:
- Half-fill the sink with water and leave the item there
- Put them outside and let the sun work its magic naturally
- Use your microwave’s defrost setting
- Take the frozen item out early and defrost it in the fridge
You’ll get the exact same result and keep more money in your pocket too.
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Bathroom conservation tips
You have to shower, brush your teeth and flush the toilet. Still, there are other ways to be water-wise in the bathroom.
Bathroom tip 1: Turn off the taps
How often have you left the tap running while you’re?
- Brushing your teeth
- Taking medication
- Cleaning the bathroom sink
Many people do.
Fortunately, the solution is quite simple: As soon as you no longer need to use any water, turn off the faucets.
Bathroom tip 2: The toilet is not a garbage can
Using the toilet to flush away things like cleaning wipes, paper towels, wrappers and other things which aren’t toilet paper makes your toilet work twice as hard (and use twice as much water, too).
The opening of your toilet isn’t really designed to handle large, thick objects.
That’s why, in some cases:
- They don’t fully take (meaning you’ll have to flush again)
- Get caught in the piping (meaning water won’t properly flow during the next flush)
- Come back up (meaning you’ve got overflowing water to deal with)
Want an easy way on how to prevent water wastage? Make sure you put waste where it belongs: in the garbage can.
Bathroom tip 3: Fix that leaky faucet
Want to know how much water gets lost with a leaky faucet?
Simply place a glass underneath and watch how quickly it fills up. Now imagine emptying that full glass 24/7.
Those little drip-drip-drips soon add up to a lot of water.
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, here’s how to fix a leaky bathroom (or kitchen faucet) yourself.
If DIY isn’t your thing, then make sure you call a plumber. It shouldn’t cost too much or take a lot of time to repair a leaky faucet.
And besides saving water, you won’t have to listen to drip-drip-drip all day and all night.
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