Nowadays there's a lot of talk about helping the environment by conserving water and energy. With all this buzz around acting sustainably, it's very hard to grasp how this helps an individual. Every time people are called to act sustainably so the future generations will have what we have right now.
Well, if you start saving more water and energy, not only will you be helping the planet and feel good for that, but you'll also save money along the way.
Today, we will cover numerous ways on how to do this at your own home. But first, let's talk go into more detail why you should care about water and energy conservation.
Why saving water and energy is important for us?
Why are people bringing our attention to conserve water when 70% of our planet is water? Well, here are some facts:
1. only 3% of that entire water isn't salt water
2. only 0.5% of that fresh water is available for drinking, while the remaining percentage is too polluted for consumption, or it's stuck in glaciers, in the atmosphere or underground
Every living person needs water to survive, and the world population is rising by 1.1% per year.
Conserving water and energy are the two sides of the same coin. It takes an enormous amount of water to create electricity and on the other hand, it also takes considerable amounts of energy to pump water or treat wastewater.
Since our water resources are finite, conserving water is not a job for scientists or philanthropists. It is a job for every one of us.
10 tips to save water and energy at home
1. Always fill up your dishwasher
Resist the temptation to turn on your dishwashing machine if it's not filled up entirely. It's also great if you choose a shorter economic cycle instead of a longer one. By doing this, you're saving water and energy by limiting the use of hot water. If you're worried about how clean your dishes will be after a shorter wash cycle, you can always wash them by hand a little with cold water.
2. Don't leave the water running when you wash dishes by hand
This is one of the most common mistakes. Usually, people who don't have a dishwasher leave the water running while they are rinsing the dishes with a detergent. To save water, simply split the dishwashing process into two parts. First, apply the detergent onto the dishes and then just rinse them with water. This tip can also be implemented when you're washing your teeth or shaving.
3. Take shorter showers
This is an everyday activity where you can conserve water. Did you know that showering can use anywhere from 6 to 45 liters per minute? If you cut your shower time, not only will you save money, water and energy, but you'll also avoid having to take cold showers, since you'll leave more hot water to use in the future.
4. Use more natural light
Did you know that a south-facing window can shed light on spaces that are 20 to 100 times its size? It's obvious how you're saving money if you limit your daily usage of lightbulbs, so we encourage you to switch to natural light wherever you can.
5. Unplug unused electronics
Standby cover can cover up to 10% of your annual electricity bills. Most of us don't pay attention if we leave our phone or laptop chargers plugged in and this creates unnecessary costs for us, which can easily be eliminated.
6. Use the microwave more
When you can, use the microwave instead of the oven. It can heat up your meal 4x faster than the oven. Using the microwave at least 4x a week can save you about 13$ every year.
7. Look at the energy rating
You know those A or D marks you see on electronic appliances? They tell you how energy efficient they are. An electronic appliance with an A rating will use only 55% of a similar sized electronic appliance which has a D rating. When you need to buy a new electronic appliance for your house, pay attention to these ratings and it will pay off long-term.
8. Keep the door shut
When you're using the oven to cook, avoid opening the door of the oven. You can lose 1/5 of the heat in the oven when you open the door to check if your food is ready.
9. Put up drapes or blackout curtains
When you cover your windows with isolated drapes or blackout curtains you are preserving the heat in your room. You can save on heating bills this way. The extra benefit is that these curtains or drapes can be moved to where you need them.
10. Put tinfoil behind your radiators
When winter comes, this tip can help your rooms be hotter and your wallet thicker. When you put tinfoil at the walls behind your radiators, you will increase the heating of your rooms without spending a dime!
When we switch from thinking about what we can do to be more energy efficient, to what we can do to be more resource efficient, we'll have a better mindset. One which may be focused on consuming more water and energy at first, but later will spread into more and more sustainable actions.
Don't forget that you'll also save money along the way!
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That’s gonna save you tons of money on electricity. Not to mention, you don’t need to buy fabric softener anymore! And its reusable for 1000 loads, no excessive waste like the dryer sheets you toss in the trash!