It should come as no secret to readers of this blog that we’re in the midst of something of a water-use crisis. The average person is consuming an unsustainable quantity of freshwater, depleting reserves and potentially leading to the loss of essential ecologies (not to mention human ones). It’s important, therefore, that all of us do our bit around the home to save water where possible, but how?
Check out these water-saving ideas you’ll kick yourself for not thinking up sooner.
Eat Veggie Dinners A Couple Of Times A Week
The great thing with veggie food is that you can sneak it in all over the place. Wholemeal toast and peanut butter in the morning? Veggie. Hummus sandwiches for lunch? Veggie. Lentil lasagne for dinner? Veggie. It’s super simple.
But why is eating veggie so crucial for saving water? It turns out that animal agriculture requires a tremendous amount of freshwater. It’s not so much how much water the animals drink, although that isn’t trivial, but more the water that goes into the production of crops that animals eat. It’s better for the environment for people to eat those crops directly than to feed them to animals first and then eat the animals.
Get Rid Of Your Lawn
Keeping your lawn green is a big water hog. Americans use more water on their lawns each year that they do to quench their thirst. But what’s the alternative? Who wants to own a home surrounded by ugly, bland concrete or paving? Nobody.
The solution is artificial grass. Artificial grass looks practically the same as the real thing, but doesn’t require any water, never goes brown, and makes your lawn the envy of all the neighbours in the height of summer and the depths of winter. If you’re not sure you’re ready to take the plunge right away, you can get free artificial grass samples and test them out on your lawn. You might never need to use your lawnmower ever again.
Use “Grey Water”
Grey water is a term given to water that isn’t safe to drink or use in cooking but is safe for practically everything else. For most homeowners, grey water means rainwater collected from the roof and stored in big tanks. If you hook this water supply up to your home, you can use it for all kinds of things, from flushing the toilets to providing showers, if you’re feeling brave. You can also use it to water your plants.
Use Low-Flow Toilets
According to the American Water Works Association, about 45 per cent of all household water gets flushed down the lavatory, literally. That’s a lot of water to use just to remove waste products from your dwelling. Low-flow toilets are lavatories that do just as good a job of ridding you of poop but at a fraction of the water usage.
Dual flushing toilets work well too: small flush for number ones, big flush for number twos.
So there you have it: water-saving ideas that will help you cut back on freshwater usage and help you and the family do your bit for the environment.
*this is a collaborative post*