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20 more water-saving tricks you can do at home in time for summer 2017

by Jillian CariolaPublished: February 23, 2017Updated: February 23, 2017

Being conscious of your water consumption is the first step towards water conservation.

Water conservation is always necessary, especially during the dry months, when we tend to use more of it to cool off or keep our gardens green. But often, we mindlessly use more water than necessary, leading to large amounts being wasted.

Water saving tricks at home for summer 2017 MyProperty Philippines handwashing under running faucet

According to the World Health Organization, a person needs an average of 50-100 liters of water a day to sustain basic needs and avoid health-related concerns. That amount is not much, considering that a five-minute shower already uses around 40 liters of water, and that every single flush of an old toilet requires about 13 liters of water, which is why we have to be cautious of how much water we use and try to cut back in the areas where we can.

If you are already practicing our first 20 water conservation tips, be sure to put these next suggestions in action too now that summer is almost here.

 

1. Consider getting dual-flushing toilets for your home. They have two settings that can help you save water: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full flush for solid waste.

2.Teach your children your water-saving tips, from shutting faucets tightly to not playing with the garden hose.

3. When bathing your baby or little kids in the sink or tub, do not fill it to the brim. Aside from conserving water, this minimizes the risk of slipping and drowning. Alternately, avoid keeping the faucet on by using a bucket and fill it only with the amount of water you need.

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4. If your kids’ bath time toys require them to use water, replace them.

5. There is no need to wash towels daily or after every bath, which uses water whether you run it in the washing machine or wash it by hand. Granted you only take one shower a day and you can dry your towel completely after every use, you can keep using it for up to three days.

6. Instead of washing and rewashing a drinking glass, ask everyone at home to use just one glass throughout the day, or give each person a drinking bottle they can refill.

7. Instead of running pots and pans under water and scraping off hardened food, let them soak with a small amount of soapy water.

8. Instead of defrosting frozen meats by running them through water, take them out of the freezer and thaw them in the fridge hours before you need them.

9. After rinsing fruits and vegetables, don’t dump the water. Use it to water your plants.

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10. If you have a swimming pool at home, you can save water by visiting a community pool once in awhile instead of replacing water in your own pool constantly for use.

11. If sweeping your garage or driveway isn’t cleaning it enough, hold off washing it with water until it’s time to give your pets a bath.

12. When replacing your pet’s drinking water, pour the old water over plants instead of down the drain.

13. When cleaning your aquarium, use the water to nourish your plants. Fish waste, leftover fish food, and helpful bacteria in the water will help keep your plants healthy.

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14. Attach a nozzle to your garden hose. It keeps water from running continuously as you go back and forth towards the faucet to shut it off and on again.

15. If your garden has a sprinkler, take your smaller indoor potted plants out to the lawn to water them at the same time.

16. Practice xeriscaping, which is a smart method for garden irrigation.

17. Aerate your lawn once in awhile. Poke holes six inches apart to let water reach the plants’ roots faster instead of running off to the gutter.

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18. If you see spots on your lawn that has not been reached by your irrigation system, don’t run the water longer. Just use a watering can to soak these areas.

19. Don’t cut your garden’s grass too short. This exposes the soil and roots to direct sunlight and dries them up more quickly. Instead, keep the blades at an equal height of about 1.5 to 2 inches.

20. Keep track of changing weather patterns. This way, you can avoid watering plants on days when rain is expected.

 

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Sources: un.org, home-water-works.org, wateruseitwisely.com

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