Towards sustainability: water
For the third installment of the series – see the previous articles on heating and electricity – I would like to propose you a selection of the best tips to help you to decrease your water consumption.
Water scarcity is a major problem today as many countries and regions of the globe (South Asia, China, Australia…) are suffering from this phenomenon which is due to increase in the very next future.
Spring is the best moment to do so as aquifers and water tables have been repleted by the winter’s rain and snow of the previous months. It is also the best way to prepare for summer.
1. Assess your system and fix the eventual leaks.
Leaks are a major problems for countries and cities, but can also lead to major waste:
As the Daily Green noted:
Fix that leaky pipe or faucet, and you’ll be amazed at how much water you can save. Let’s face it. We’ve all ignored those small, slow drips from a bathroom faucet or kitchen sink at one time or other.
After all, how much water does it really waste? When you factor in the steady, 24/7 dripping over any length of time, plenty.
2. Turn off the faucet while shaving or washing your hands and navy showers
When I discovered Marguerite’s fantastic blog, I came across a most interesting way of showering:
Navy Shower anyone? I just found this post in TreeHugger, where the writer advocates that we all take abbreviated showers, just like those guys in the Navy. There is even a method to it. And since we are in America, even the simplest things come with an instruction manual . . .
You may go to Wikipedia and find complete instructions for how to take a Navy Shower. In short, you just turn the shower on, just enough to get yourself wet, turn it off, soap yourself, and then turn it back on to quickly rinse.
3. Install a rainwater harvesting system
Amazing amounts of rain can fall on your roof every year. Harvesting a part of this water can bring you a lot of free water for various uses.
Many solutions exists from DIY to commercial solutions. To learn out more, please check this page.
Further reading from Daryl’s great blog: