In the home
You don’t miss your water ’til your well runs dry
– Otis Redding, Singer-songwriter
One of the simplest ways to save water is to use less, just by changing a few habits. We all use water differently but studies show we use more than half inside our homes—most of it in the bathroom. We use 36% of house hold water in the shower alone, 26% flushing the toilet and 23% doing laundry. An efficient showerhead can save more than 20L of water every minute, similarly fixing a leaking toilet or dripping tap can save thousands of litres of water each year.
What can I do?
Cutting back your water usage in the house is one of the simplest ways to reduce your impact on the earth, without affecting your way of life. There are many different strategies and three simple starters include:
- Take shorter showers—use a shower timer to help.
- Turn off taps when sudsing up, brushing teeth and shaving.
- Scrape plates clean straight after use and put them in the dishwasher, rather than rinsing first.
- Increase rainwater tank storage and plumb directly to your toilet system