Read These 7 Flipit Money Saving Tips
1. Check your plumbing for hidden leaks
In order to prevent unnecessary waste, look for household leaks and repair them immediately. An average household wastes up to 30,000 liters of water every year due to household leaks.
2. Consider switching to a Low-Flow Shower Head
Water-saving showerheads can slash water consumption 50 to 70%. Given that an average shower uses as much as 80 liters of water, low-flow showerheads can save you 40 to 56 liters each shower. This can result in an annual saving of 17,520 litters.
3. Shorten your shower time
Showering is one of the leading ways we use water in the home. You can easily limit your water usage if you shorten your showering time. With a low-flow showerhead you’ll use around 9-10 liters every minute. Keep your showers under 5 minutes, and always remember to turn off the tap while applying soap, washing your hair, or shaving your legs.
4. Turn the water off while shaving or brushing
5. Half flush for liquid waste / Consider changing your toilet flapper every year
About 10% of household water is used in toilets. There is a significant difference in water consumption between full flush and half flush. The former one uses around 10 litres each time, while the latter accounts only for 4 liters. In order to curb water consumption even further, consider changing your toilet flapper every year. Toilet flappers tend to break down rather quickly, and it is recommended to replace them once a year.
6. Wash your clothes only on a full load
Always wait for a full load of laundry before you start your washing machine. A full load will always use less water and energy than multiple, smaller loads. Moreover, choosing a water-efficient washing machine can help you save up to 40 liters a wash. If you aren’t able to acquire a more efficient washing machine, familiarise yourself with your existing washing machine’s cycle options. Some cycles use less water and elecricity.
7. Wash veggies & fruits in a container filled with water
Instead of washing your fruits and veggies under a running tap, put them into a container or a bowl and wash them there. Want to save even more? Use your water leftovers to water your houseplants.
Remko Schelfhout – 06 May 2014