Start a simple water saving habit this Earth Day
Looking after the Earth starts at home. We might imagine that our personal habits don’t make much difference in the greater scheme of things, yet collectively, as more than sixty million people here in the UK, our daily decisions have a huge effect on the wider world.
Take water, for example. If everyone made sure to switch off the tap while brushing their teeth, we would each conserve at least three litres of water in the morning and three in the evening. Times that by sixty million, and we prevent the waste of 360,000,000 litres of drinking water EVERY DAY just through the simple act of turning the tap off and on again! To illustrate that crazy figure, there’s 2,500,000 litres of water in an Olympic size swimming pool, so we’d be helping to save 144 Olympic swimming pools’ worth of fresh water a day. Bonkers.
This year’s Earth Day falls on 22nd April, which also happens to be the Easter Monday bank holiday. With experts predicting water shortages in England’s near future unless we start making changes now, could you consider starting one of these simple water saving habits on Earth Day? One small step for you… many giant leaps when enough of us Brits decide to do the same…
Start saving your shower water
Pop a bucket or large jug in the shower cubicle or bath tub. Next time you’re waiting for the spray to heat up, direct the water into your container instead of letting it flow away down the drain. This perfectly clean water can be used on plants, for mopping floors, cleaning cars or even flushing the loo.
You can save: up to ten litres of clean water per shower, if you use a standard bucket.
Collectively we could save: up to 600,000,000 litres of water a day, enough to fill 8,000,000 bathtubs.
Only flush the loo for ‘number twos’
“If it’s brown, flush it down. If it’s yellow, let it mellow.” Unless you share your bathroom with strangers or squeamish folks, why not think about adopting this as a household motto?
You can save: three litres or more of fresh water per ‘number ones’ toilet visit.
Collectively we could save: more than 900,000,000 litres of water a day – the same amount that goes over the Niagara Falls in 25 seconds.
Only run the washing machine and dishwasher when they’re full
‘Half load’ settings might sound eco, yet they use almost as much energy and water as the standard settings for half the result. Making a point of only setting the washing machine and dishwasher going when full will also cut your household workload.
You can save: around 40 litres of water on dishwashing and approximately 240 litres of water on laundry each week, if you set the machine to run full every other day instead of daily with a half load.
Collectively we could save: something in the region of 16,800,000,000 litres of water per week – roughly the same volume of water as the William Girling reservoir in London holds when completely full.