How to con­serve water in the home

Lesotho Times - - Property -

WATER is the source of all life on earth, but are we do­ing enough to save it? At a time when ac­cess to drink­ing water is at an all­time low, there’s never been a bet­ter time to put water sav­ing strate­gies in place in your home.

While water is a freely avail­able re­source, it is a scarce one — of­ten com­pro­mised by low rain­fall, heat waves that re­sult in high evap­o­ra­tion rates, pol­lu­tion and the de­struc­tion of river catch­ments.

It’s scary to think that many peo­ple don’t have enough water to meet their ba­sic needs. And it’s hav­ing a rip­ple ef­fect — crops are also feel­ing the im­pact of the water short­ages, mean­ing the price of food could go up sub­stan­tially too.

Jas­min Kran­eveldt from Bath­room Bizarre, Liam Gawne from Miele and Craig Tay­lor Bath­room But­ler share clever ways to help re­duce your water con­sump­tion in the bath­room, laun­dry and kitchen.

1. Un­der pres­sure Many peo­ple are happy to make con­sid­er­able changes to re­duce their water con­sump­tion, ex­cept when it comes to their bath or shower time.

Jas­min says bathing is a ther­a­peu­tic ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially be­cause many home­own­ers are liv­ing busy lives.

A long, hot shower is a great way to wash away the day’s woes, she says. But, this ex­pe­ri­ence needn’t be com­pletely com­pro­mised dur­ing water-stressed times, she says.

Jas­min sug­gests re­plac­ing your ex­ist­ing show­er­head with a water ef­fi­cient model to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the amount of water you use when you shower.

She says there’s a wide se­lec­tion of shower heads on the mar­ket that save water — lots of it. Not only that, she says they’re also rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive and easy to in­stall.

The same can be said for taps —water ef­fi­cient tap aer­a­tors can be bought sep­a­rately and man­u­ally in­serted onto your ex­ist­ing tap, mak­ing them an af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive to buy­ing and in­stalling a whole new water ef­fi­cient faucet in your bath­room.

Jas­min says home­own­ers can get a va­ri­ety of aer­a­tors that re­strict the tap water flow to as lit­tle as three liters per minute — re­duc­ing your water con­sump­tion by as much as 50 per­cent and help­ing you save money ev­ery time you open the tap to wash your hands.

2. Spin doc­tor Ac­cord­ing to Liam, choos­ing a wash­ing ma­chine with a good water ef­fi­ciency rat­ing is a sure way to re­duce your im­pact in our water-stressed times.

He says rapid ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy have al­lowed ap­pli­ance man­u­fac­tur­ers to cre­ate prod­ucts that meet the high­est stan­dards when it comes to ef­fi­ciency.

“Do­ing the laun­dry is a ne­ces­sity, and with water and en­ergy ef­fi­cient laun­dry ap­pli­ances, you can rest as­sured that you’re help­ing to re­duce your en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.”

3. Com­ing clean Ac­cord­ing to Liam, dish­wash­ers are com­mon­place in the mod­ern home, and while they’re a large in­vest­ment, they can help save you money.

He says today’s high-end dish­wash­ers are en­ergy and water ef­fi­cient, of­ten out­per­form­ing the old-fash­ioned hand wash­ing meth­ods when it comes to the amount of water they use.

He says a nor­mal run­ning tap can use as much as 20 litres of water per minute, whereas a mod­ern dish­washer can use be­tween 10 litres and 20 liters of water per load — a sub­stan­tial dif­fer­ence.

Liam rec­om­mends pack­ing your dish­washer ac­cord­ing to the in­struc­tions in order to max­imise its ca­pac­ity, and only run­ning the dish­washer when the load is full.

4. Leave high and dry Heated towel rails have long been con­sid­ered a lux­ury prod­uct for the high-end mar­ket, but they are in fact an item that all homes should have, es­pe­cially when nat­u­ral re­sources are scarce.

Ac­cord­ing to Craig, heated towel rails serve the prac­ti­cal pur­pose of dry­ing your tow­els quickly and ef­fi­ciently.

As a re­sult, it hin­ders the growth of bac­te­ria so you don’t have to wash your tow­els as of­ten.

When com­pared with the car­bon foot­print cre­ated by fre­quently wash­ing of tow­els, or by dry­ing them with a tum­ble dryer, a heated towel rail comes out tops, he says.

— Prop­erty

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