Saving water at home
On average we use 120 litres of water per day. The consumption is much lower than it was years ago, but you still need to save water, because the price of water is constantly increasing. and is a significant burden on our home budget.
How to save water?
If you wash your dishes by hand, you use up to 20 l of water at a time, and when your family spends more time at home and we wash them more often, you have to multiply it by 3-4.
A good dishwasher will take the same amount of water, but we will usually run it once a day.
Note: It is very important that the dishwasher is completely filled and geared towards an economical programme.
Savings: up to 50 % less water consumption.
The new generation of washing machines have a built-in weight, which selects the right amount of water for the weight of the wash. You can also meet washing machines, which have a function that allows for the so-called washing fields. It also allows for lower water intake.
Note: If you have an old type of washing machine at home, run it when it is completely filled.
Savings: up to 20% less water bills.
If you are thinking about replacing an old toilet, it is worth thinking about installing a flush plate with a button that regulates the amount of water used. It will be 3 litres or 6 litres at a time. In the old ones there is no such mechanism, so it is worth investing in a new one. The money will pay for itself quickly.
Savings: up to 30 % less water consumption
A 4-person family without turning the tap during tooth brushing twice a day for 3 minutes can use 100 l more water per day than if it was turning it off or rinsing the teeth with water from a mug. The same is true of facial cleansing and shaving.
Savings: 25% less water bills.
Are you going to change your wash basin mixer or sink? Think about buying a perlator faucet. It’s a type of spout, tap tip, shower, etc. It increases the flow of water by a significant aeration. This allows you to wash the dishes thoroughly, using less water. Manufacturers claim that the aerator can save between 15% and 60% of the water.
Savings: up to 60 % less water consumption.
Water is expensive and its prices will continue to rise. Not everyone can afford a dishwasher that saves a lot of money. When you wash your dishes by hand, don’t do it right away under running water.
Fill a sink or bowl with water and washing-up liquid so that the dishes in the bowl will become wet. Then wash them much faster, using much less hot water.
Saving water – other advice
1. Buy and install economical taps, flushing cisterns and shower “handsets”.
2. If you have leaking places in the system, it is necessary to repair them. Check for leaks from the cistern by adding a few drops of dye to the tank. Wait some time and check if the toilet water starts to take on colour. If so, the valve in the tank lets the water through and must be repaired or replaced.
3. It is worth lowering the water level in the tank from the flush, but not too much, it is enough to do so to the level when the flush ceases to be effective. If the cistern does not allow it, put a jar or brick filled with water into the tank.
4. If you want to wash less dirty clothes, use a program that uses less water. If you wash dishes in the dishwasher, do the same.
5. If the water you are using is hard, install a water softener or use chemical water softeners.
6. Water outdoor plants in the morning or late in the evening to reduce evaporation.
7. Use a public swimming pool instead of building or buying your own.