Clean water is something that is taken for granted in the Western world, and most people will find themselves using large amounts of it every day, and not really giving a second thought to water conservation. However, it is important to realise that the cleaning of water, and bringing it to your home is an energy intensive process, and if you want to be friendly to the environment it can be a good idea to restrict the amount of water you use, and embrace water conservation techniques in order to reduce your water consumption in the home.
There are many different ways in which you can embrace water conservation, and most of them are incredibly simple. The most basic way to save water is to simply turn off the taps when you are not using them. Most people brush their teeth and leave the tap running, but this is actually a very inefficient use of water, and is simply too wasteful. Also, when you are washing up, don’t leave the hot tap running, simply fill a sink, and wash up all your dishes in the bowl.
Another great way to save water, and also save energy at the same time, is to take a shower instead of a bath. Even though taking a shower users are constantly running the water, they are being water efficient, as less water is ultimately used. Also, you will save money on your electricity bills, as less what water is required to run a shower, meaning that less energy is needed to heat the water.
The summer can be a time when it is particularly easy to waste water, as if it is particularly hot you may find yourself showering more than once a day, or filling a paddling pool in the garden. It is important to realise that during times of water drought a hosepipe ban may be in force, which makes it against the law for you to use your hose. At these times, you should realise that if you do have a paddling pool in your garden that you can’t top it up with the hose.
Children are also known for playing water games with the hose, so you should make an absolutely clear to them that using the hose is off-limits. Even if there is not a hosepipe ban in effect, it can be a good idea to limit the use of your hosepipe, as this can help prevent the need for a ban later on.
If you’re looking to take your water conservation to the next level, there are many different devices that you can buy that will improve the water efficiency in your home. For example, there are items that you can put in your toilet that will reduce the amount of water that comes through on each flush, and there are also water efficient showerheads. These can be purchased from good DIY stores, and will not just reduce your water consumption, but also help you save money on your energy bills.