(NOT) WASHING and other tips on how to save water
Anyone who cares about the future of our planet and the coming generations thinks about how to change at least a few little things in their lives that will make the world a better place to live.
Sorting waste is becoming (almost) commonplace, but we face problems with drought. Water consumption per person has increased for several consecutive years, which is really sad, because it shows that drought is still underestimated. The average Czech consumes almost 90 litres a day, and the highest water consumption is in Prague, when the average inhabitant consumes more than 107 litres of water per day! *
But if you are among those whose are not indifferent to household water consumption (and we believe this is the case), then read a few tips on how to take at least a few steps to make the world a better place to live. And as is well known – we always have to DO OUR PART!
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With every small change, each individual can fight drought and water scarcity.
1. Take showers:
You use a lot more water if you take a bath, but if you have a full bath of water left, use it for flushing. Just fill a bucket and use the water after your bath at least for this purpose.
If you take showers, use the water-saving shower head, which aerates water, thereby incredibly reducing its consumption. Of course, water should be turned off when you soap your body. Likewise, turn off water when brushing teeth and doing everyday hygiene.
2. Don’t wash:
Is it really necessary to wash a T-shirt if you only wore it for a few hours? Today’s trend is to put everything into the washing machine, even if the clothes are not dirty or sweat-stained at all. We do the same thing with children’s clothes, because it is not possible for a child in a nursery to wear the same sweats for two consecutive days … But that’s wrong … Overcome these stereotypes and wash only what you really need to wash. And choose a wash cycle that has low water consumption. You can wash with 35 litres of water, but also with 90 litres.
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3. WEAR 100% MERINO WOOL
100% merino wool doesn’t have to be washed often – it is enough if you air it. Each fibre contains a protein that prevents reproduction of bacteria, and that’s why 100% merino wool doesn’t smell even if you sweat it through. Learn how to wear merino not only in winter and for sports, but every day, 365 days a year. Enrich your wardrobe with a few T-shirts that you can alternately wear and air. You will feel comfortable in any weather and you will see that you can feel fresh even in a shirt that has not been washed, only aired.
4. Washing dishes:
If you wash dishes under running water, you can easily consume 80 litres of water. So if you don’t have a dishwasher, wash dishes in the sink, which will halve your consumption.
If you use a dishwasher, consult the manual and make sure that the washing cycle you use is not the most water consuming one. The difference between water consumption can be twice as much.
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6. Water-saving taps and flushing:
Use water-saving taps at all washbasins and sinks. The market offer is very wide and you can save up to 70% of water.
After using the toilet, think about whether you need to flush from the “big tank” or the “small” one. This also saves litres of water.
7. Use rainwater:
If possible, it is ideal to collect rainwater in tanks, barrels and other containers. Then use it for watering the garden, flushing and wherever you don’t need drinking water. Rainwater can also be used for washing clothes.
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8. Is it really necessary to have a pool in the garden?
Why not use a public swimming pool, lake or river? Filling the pool consumes a huge amount of drinking water just for fun …
If you have other tips on how to save water, don’t hesitate to share them. We’ll appreciate it. Thank you!
*Data of the Czech Statistical Office – HERE you can find charts and data.
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