10 non DIY methods to save water

Posted: August 21, 2010 by Rach in Bath / Shower / Spa / Basins / Vanities / Toilets, Plumbing / Pipes / Irrigation / Hydroponics
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Photo courtesy of Greg Rigler

So you have read our other posts on saving water and you want to do something but you are a little reluctant to start messing with the fittings? Perhaps you are a child and your parents are not too keen for you to turn apprentice tradesman on their fixtures?  So are there any other ways that you can save water?

The answer is of course, Yes!

Here are our top 10 ways of saving water around your home that anyone could do regardless of age or DIY expertise!

1. Only run your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load of washing!  In this way you are minimising the number of loads and therefore the amount of water you are using.

2. Shorten your shower time.  This one is often a hard one because we love long showers, but if you can reduce your shower time by even 1 minute you will be saving between 7 and 25 litres of water.

3. Shower with a bucket.  Don’t laugh, I do not mean wash yourself out of a bucket, but if you collect 1 bucket of water every shower you can water a lot of your garden with it, or at least all the inside plants. We generally have a small bucket that has a good pouring lip. It sits in the bath tub and we top up the watering can with it for our indoor watering needs.

4. Have a shower instead of a bath.  You will use a lot less water in a shower than in a bath if you keep it short.  If you do have a bath, scoop the water out to water your garden. Friends of ours had an ingenious idea, and using a piece of rubber tube would open their bathroom window, feed the tube into the bath then suck it to get the flow, then water their back garden with the waste.  Of course your bathroom window does need to be near the area that requires watering.

5. While on the subjects of baths, start first by putting the plug into the bath, then running the water.  Adjust the temperature as the bath gets full rather than wasting all the cold water at the start while waiting for it to get to a nice temperature.

6. Turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth and use a glass of water.

7. If you do have a great garden, then reduce the amount of water that it needs by applying a good coating of mulch.  This will stop the quick evaporation of water in the soil, which will mean you can water less without risking losing your plants.

8. Collect a large bottle or jug of water and put it in the fridge.  This way you can have a nice cool drink every time you want one and there is no risk of wastage!

9. Wash vegetables and fruit in a bowl of water rather than under the running tap.  Similarly rinse plates, knives and forks in the sink rather than under running water.

10. Use a glass a day for your water.  When they say it is healthy to have 4-6 glasses of water a day, no one said that they had to be different glasses each time!  Choose a glass and then use it continually throughout the day to cut down on washing.

Of course there are heaps of DIY ideas that you can put in play as well.  Check out the DIY Bargain Bin Bath, Shower, Spa, Basins, Vanities and Toilets section for some great water saving products.

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