When people talk about how to help the earth, they often mention how we should use less electricity or aim to reduce how much we use our cars. These are all good ways to help the Earth, but you should still consider trying to cut back on your water usage too. It’s often the easiest way to do your part. That is because conserving more water in your daily usage doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your time or money to help the planet.
There are lots of easy ways to minimise your usage of water. Here are some of them…
- Go Easy On Your Dishes
The good thing about dishwashers is that they save people a lot of time, however they can also do damage due to the amount of water they use. The good news is that you don’t have to go back to only hand-washing if you’re concerned about this. Most dishwashers come with a “light wash” setting, so just use that whenever you load up.
2. Try Eating Meatless For A Night
Most of us love grilling out or grabbing a burger on the road home from work, but do you know how water goes into making a burger? It takes 4,000 to 18,000 gallons of water to make only one hamburger, so you can save a lot of water just by eating meat-free for one night. Instead, you can take one evening exploring a new vegetarian recipe.
3. Look Into a New Washer
Minimising your loads of laundry is one way to cut back on how much water you use, but the culprit could actually be your washing machine itself. Top loader machines use three times more water than front loaders. Ask around to see if anyone knows where to find a front loader on sale so you can save more water in the long term.
If you’re someone who washes all of their dishes by hand, fill up your sink with water instead of letting the faucet run while you’re washing. This will definitely decrease your water usage.
4. Time your gardening
Water outdoor plants in the early morning or at the end of the day to stop water immediately evaporating in sunlight and heat. Water the soil so that the liquid goes straight to the roots, where it’s needed.
In a heatwave, animals need water too. Instead of watering your lawn, leave out a water-filled container, like a casserole dish, for birds to drink from and wash. Thirsty bees and other insects will need a saucer or bowl with water and stones in it.
5. Install A Different Shower-head
Take some time to look into getting a new shower-head that uses less water. The average Kuwaiti uses about 65 gallons of water each day, compared to places like the UK where the average person uses only 49 gallons. A lot of water usage happens in the shower. That can quickly add up to gallons upon gallons of extra water used.
In addition, you can decrease the length of your showers. Only a three-minute change can save up to 15 gallons of water. If you showered for three minutes shorter every other day for a year, that could add up saving over 2,000 gallons of water a year.
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