Minor everyday precautions which help in lowering water consumption bills.
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth: 2,500 liters per year saved.
Ten surprisingly useful rules to save drinking water and reduce your bills. Summer is undeniably the period when water consumption tends to increase: adopting the following good practices will be a excellent way to reduce wasted water.
1) Fit a water flow regulator on the taps
Turning taps on or off is a habitual action which we do without thinking. Do you know how many times a day you repeat this action? Unlikely. But remember: even this simple gesture can be important in saving drinking water. Applying a flow regulator to a tap will produce a considerable saving: a family of three could save roughly 6,000 liters of water per year!
2) Turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth or shaving
Brushing one’s teeth or shaving are daily actions during which we frequently just let the water flow even when we’re not using it. If you only turn on the tap in the moments you actually need the water, and turn it off again when you don’t, your home could save roughly 2,500 liters of water per person per year!
3) Repair dripping taps
The drop that drips from the tap, again and again, added to all the countless others which - unused - flow wastefully away, are simply useless and harmful for everyone. Repairing the tap will only take a few minutes, but will save you c. 21,000 liters of water per year.
4) Repair the leaking toilet flush box
By repairing the toilet you can avoid the slow but constant dribble of water and save about 52,000 liters of water per year. Remember to check your drain box: normal toilet flush cisterns have a capacity of 12 liters, which are all released at each flushing. If practical conditions allow it, it would be useful to install a system able to supply the quantity of water strictly necessary. In any plumbing and sanitary ware shop, various systems (crank, tap or otherwise) with more rational water consumption are on sale, flushing either 6 or 12 liters of water according to choice. These can lead to savings of 50%, quantifiable in roughly 26,000 liters of water per year.
5) Shower or bath?
About 20 liters of water are needed for a shower, while about 150 are needed for a bath. Easy to estimate how big a saving that provides!
6) When you wash vegetables, leave them to soak instead of running water over them
Vegetables must be thoroughly washed and rinsed! If you leave them to soak in a basin for a period of time and then quickly rinse them under a jet of water, that’s another big water saving: For a family of three, a saving of around 4,500 liters per year is estimated.
7) Use the washing machine and the dishwasher only when fully loaded
Washing at full load saves a considerable amount of water: For a family of three, a saving of 8,200 liters per year is estimated.
8) Use the water from the dehumidifier or the air conditioner inside your iron. In addition to saving on your bills, this also extends the life of your iron, because that water is completely limestone-free.
9) Utilize already-used water to water the vegetable garden, flowers or plants
To water a vegetable garden or terrace flowers, you don’t need to use drinking water.
Instead you can use water already employed for other purposes, e.g. for rinsing fresh vegetables. In this way, around 6,000 liters of drinking water can be saved in one year.
10) Thaw frozen food in the air or in a bowl. The habit of leaving them under running water wastes six liters per minute.