Easy Ways to Save Water at Home
Discover easy ways to save water at home and stay protected from the stepped tariff system.
With soaring temperatures and one of the worst droughts in 20 years currently being experienced, South Africans have been playing Toto on repeat, hoping to be able to bless the rains down in Africa! Becoming water-wise is not just about saving an important resource, it is also about sustainability and the added advantage of saving some money with today’s higher cost of living.
At Bardale Village we strive to keep our planet as beautiful and green as possible. We have a number of eco-friendly elements installed in our homes, such as solar heated water cylinders and energy efficient lighting.
In an attempt to help you survive the water regulations, we’ve put together a list of effective water saving tips for in and around the house.
Save Water Inside the Home:
Ensuring that your taps are properly closed is a great way to save water at home. A tap dripping at 1 drip per second can waste as much as 30 litres in a day.
Repairing dripping taps and plumbing leaks will not only help you save water, it will also play a crucial role in achieving a lower water bill.
When it comes to activities like brushing your teeth, washing dishes or shaving, there is no need to leave the water running.
Showering will use far less water than bathing, provided that the shower is less than 5 minutes long. Placing a bucket in your shower makes it possible to catch the cold water that is wasted as you wait for the heat to kick in. This water can then be used to water your garden or fill your toilet.
If bathing is your only option, ensure that it is as shallow as possible. Bath water can also be reused for watering.
Inexpensive water-saving low-flow shower heads are easy to install and will aid in reducing water usage. For a lower water bill, be sure to turn the water off when soaping or shaving.
Placing bricks in your toilet cistern allows you to use less water every time you flush.
Talking about flushing, following the “if it’s yellow, let it mellow” rule will also help you to save water at home. A duel-flush mechanism will help you save an average of 3 litres per flush.
Be sure to only use your dishwasher and washing machine when they are fully loaded. When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.
Sipping on some cold water is a great way to survive the scorching hot days. Keeping a bottle of water in the fridge will allow you to have a refreshing drink without having to run the tap for a few seconds while waiting for it to cool down.
Save Water Outside the Home:
- If you have a sprinkler system, make sure that it’s positioned correctly. It doesn’t matter how much water a pavement gets, I don’t think it’ll grow.
- Be sure to water in the early hours of the morning (before 9am) to reduce water loss to evaporation.
- When watering your garden or washing your car, use a bucket of water rather than a hosepipe.
- Reducing lawn areas by adding hardscaping features will minimise watering areas while adding to the aesthetic appeal.
Contact Bardale Village
It is important to remember that we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, but rather borrow it from our children. Together with Bardale Village we strive to create a better future for our children.
If you have any further questions or enquiries, be sure to contact Bardale Village today.