Saving Water and Energy around the Home
There’s a lake in New Zealand, Blue Lake, that has water so clean that it’s roughly the same chemical purity as distilled water, and in fact when underwater in this lake there’s a visibility of about 250 feet. While many lakes are perfectly safe for swimming, the water still isn’t the cleanest, and drinking it isn’t advisable. Pollutants, both from man made sources as well as naturally occurring sources such as rotting plant matter impact on the purity of water, which makes New Zealand’s Blue Lake a true natural treasure. Most of us are very lucky in that the water that comes out of our faucets could be compared to the New Zealand lake, whereas in many parts of the world, the water from the faucet is more like polluted river water, from a river next to a factory and a garbage dump. Clean and safe water is something that we take for granted. We know that we’re lucky to have it, and yet we often don’t treat this precious environmental resource with the respect it deserves, and many of us are guilty of wasting water. Let’s look at some of the best ways to save water around the home, which often ends up saving us energy too.
In The Laundry
While we don’t tend to replace our washers so often, since they usually keep on working for years (if not decades), when the need comes up, it’s a great idea to check the environmental rating on a new machine. More recent models tend to use less water and electricity than their older counterparts, and while a model with a great environmental rating might not be the cheapest option, they use far less power and water than cheaper models, and so will save you money in the long term. You can also divert your washing machines drainage hose into a bucket, and then use this water on outdoor plants. This “grey water” is great for the garden, but you need to ensure that you wash your clothes with a biodegradable detergent before using it outdoors.
In The Bathroom
The bathroom accounts for the majority of water used in a home, and with the shower, bath, toilet and sink, it’s easy to see why. Common sense is useful for saving water in the bathroom, so avoid the temptation to take a long hot shower, and if you’re not even sure how long you spend in the shower, you can easily obtain a shower timer. Time the length of what you would consider to be a normal shower, and then try to cut a minute off it each day until you’re only in there for 5 minutes. You can also install a low flow showerhead to save even more water. Be mindful of cracks in shower floors and in bathrooms in general, as this can cause water loss, and potentially greater damage if left unchecked. Not to worry- it can be as easy as having the area resealed, and American Clean & Seal Commercial Surface Cleaning are here to help.
In The Kitchen
Much like in the laundry room, it’s best to have energy and water efficient appliances in the kitchen, so when purchasing a new dishwasher, be sure to check its environmental rating. When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the hot water running in order to rinse the suds off; simply wash them, put them in the drying rack and then splash a small jug of water over them to remove excess suds. Better yet- don’t use too much detergent, since only a tiny amount is needed to get the job done. While there’s a satisfaction from grinding up kitchen waste in the garbage disposal, remember that you’re using a lot of water and electricity to do this. Maybe start collecting kitchen waste and starting a compost heap for your garden… your plants, your wallet and mother nature will be sure to thank you!
If you wish to create a greener home and waste less, take these first steps to improve your lifestyle. Every change creates a positive impact for your home and the environment.