Water is an essential component of human life. Around 60% of our body is water. We need it for brain function, it keeps our body cool, it turns food into essential components of survival, and it even lubricates our joints. It goes without saying that water is something every human being needs, so why have we developed such wasteful habits?
Think of it this way; do you think twice when you turn on the tap, flush a toilet or take a shower? Most of us take water for granted because it’s such a normal part of our lives. In fact, we’d probably start complaining if our water supply was temporarily cut off. In comparison, some countries find it difficult to even secure water at all. Some countries require people to travel long distances for water, and some need to boil and cleanse their water before it can be consumed. For most of us, water is something that is essentially unlimited and comes out of a tap for next to nothing.
So in this article, we’re going to talk about how and why you should be changing your water habits.
Why should we save water? Isn’t it basically unlimited?
If you think only about our lifetime then yes, water is essentially unlimited as we’re very unlikely to run out of water for a long time. However, that doesn’t mean that the world will always stay like that. Almost 70% of the Earth is made from water, but many parts of the world suffer from a shortage of clean water. This is because their location restricts their access to clean water, and that’s something that could eventually affect us all.
By conserving water, we can develop good habits that pass on to the next generation which can ultimately help us save water for the future. As the world progresses, more and more of our water supply is becoming contaminated. Fresh water is something that may no longer exist in the far future.
What are the benefits of saving water around the home?
In addition to helping the environment and preserving our planet, there are actually quite a few practical reasons why you might want to change your water habits.
- Save on your water bills. A lot of us take water for granted and it reaches a point that we don’t think twice about leaving the tap on when we brush our teeth or washing our car with a hose that we never turn off. In fact, flushing a toilet can use up to 7 gallons of water, a considerable amount that we can’t just shake off. If you flush around 6 or 7 times a day, that’s up to 42 gallons of water spent in a single day. Though it’s just one example, there are many other small things that we do which eventually add up, costing us a considerable amount of money in a year.
- Learn to be more self-sufficient. Living in a city gives us many luxuries such as a 24/7 service to fix our water supply should it be damaged. While you may have experienced a temporary water outage in the past, it was probably fixed in a short amount of time. However, if you’ve lived in rural areas, then support might be a little harder to come by. In the future, we may be in a situation where we can’t get immediate support for a burst pipe or no water in the mains. As a result, learning to conserve water with a sustainable lifestyle can help us get through those difficult times and it’ll prepare us for those situations.
- Numerous small benefits to our daily lives. Did you know that filtered rainwater can actually be used to wash clothes? Since it’s much softer than the hard water you find in most cities, it leads to less limescale buildup and can keep our clothes in good condition for longer. A system like this is fairly easy to install and you can automate the whole process so that the harvested rainwater automatically enters the washing machine. This is just one of the many small examples of how conserving water can lead to many unique benefits.
As you can see, there are some compelling reasons to save water around the home. In addition to the environmental impact of saving water, there are also numerous reasons to save water for our own personal gain.
How can I start saving more water?
So to get you started, here are a couple of ways that you can start reducing water waste.
- Be more mindful about flushing your toilet. Though some people dislike leaving their toilet unflushed, you could save a few gallons of water per day if you only flush when absolutely needed. If your urine is a very mellow colour and there’s no smell, you can flush it by pouring down a bit of rainwater or leaving it and flushing the next time you go to the toilet.
- Start collecting rainwater. With the help of Team Poly tanks or another reputable water tank supplier, you can start collecting the rainwater that drips off your roof. With a filter in place, you can use this water for everything from flushing toilets to washing clothes. It’s a simple improvement to the home that can save you a lot of money and help you contribute to the environment.
- Switch to low-water fixtures. There are a couple of water fixtures that can be replaced with low-water ones. For instance, certain toilets are designed to flush with less water and you can install showerheads with adjustable pressure so that you don’t waste water.
- Stack up laundry and dishes. A common method of saving water is to let your laundry and dishes stack up before you wash them. That way you’re less likely to waste water, but do be careful not to let it stack too much since it can damage your washing machine or make it difficult to wash dishes in an overloaded sink or dishwasher.
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