It’s a simple enough solution, and with some easy steps, won’t significantly affect our daily routine.
As this video explains, our consumption of water is constantly increasing – yet the availability of this global resource is dwindling.
The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 50% of landscape water is wasted because of evaporation, over-watering or wind. They recommend watering your plants early in the morning to make sure that as much nutrition as possible reaches your plants.
The Rain Barrel, for example, employs a very simple, cost-effective and easy method to provide plants the nutrition and care they need.
It’s attached to the end of your drain and collects rainwater everytime the heavens open up. This is an easier alternative than the expensive, treated water pumped to our homes.
According to its manufacturers, rain water is better for plants than hose-water. It also conserves the drinking water in our taps for human use.
Beyond that, what else can we do to use less water at home? A quick Google search gives you endless lists of suggestions and creative ideas, ranging from investing in eco-friendly household appliances like refigerators and dishwashers to adjusting your sprinklers.
Here are some of the easiest to adopt. Start with these and as they become easier to adopt, move on to wider-ranging practices.
Running clothes and dishes through only when the machines are full saves up to 1,000 gallons, or nearly 4,000 litres, every month.
Reducing your shower time by a minute or two, or turning off the shower while washing your hair, saves 150 gallons (or 555 litres) of water every month.
Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth saves 25 gallons (92.5 litres) per month.
Doing the same whilst shaving saves 300 gallons (1,100 litres) a month.
Planting seeds in the autumn increases their growth rate since there’s more rainfall at that time of year.
If you keep a bottle of cold water by your bed, or regularly drink cold water, keep bottles in your fridge rather than running the tap for a few minutes everytime you need to refill. Keeping ice-trays full also helps.
Using one glass to drink water from, or refilling a bottle through the day, reduces the amount of water used to wash up. Using one glass also reduces the need for plastic cups.
Water: Use it Wisely says: “If your shower fills a one-gallon (3.7 litre) bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.”
Keep a bucket in your shower to collect the water while the shower warms up, and use that to water plants or even wash dishes.
Use an empty can or similar container to measure rainfall, and water your lawn accordingly.
Rather than flushing them, throw away your tissues, minimising the water used for disposal.
Allowing leaves to accumulate on the soil under trees and bushes, by leaving lower branches intact, keeps the soil cooler and reduces evaporation – and the need for a constant flow of water.
More tips to come, let me know how it goes!