Saving water - and energy – at home as well as in your day-to-day activities not only reduces your use of essential resources – it can save money too.
Water is critical to life on Earth, and with South Africa’s fast-growing population the demand for sufficient clean water is increasing every day. As this precious resource becomes ever scarcer, it becomes more expensive.
Take Note! Minimising your use of water will definitely help you save money.
Saving water has become an essential practice all over the world, even in countries where water shortages may not be an issue. Each year on 22 March countries around the world celebrate World Water Day, as recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.
This international day of observance is a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
In South Africa, World Water Day happens at the same time as National Water Week, which runs from 17 March to 23 March. Throughout the week, events are held around the country highlighting the importance of conserving this vital resource in a water-scarce country like ours.
The Department of Water and Sanitation offers the following tips for making the best use of water in daily life:
- Instead of bathing, take short showers.
- Reduce the amount of water used to flush the toilet. An inexpensive way of doing this is to place one or more bricks or a large bottle filled with water in the cistern.
- Install a system to pump grey water from the washing machine, wash basins, shower and bath to the garden. Although the installation can be costly, most households will eliminate the need for any additional garden watering, so this will save money in the long run.
- Unusually high water bills may be the result of leaking taps, underground pipes or toilets. A leaking toilet can waste up to 22 500 litres of clean, potable water a month, so if you aren’t able to do the repairs yourself, it will pay you to call in a plumber. You can check if you have a leak by looking at your water metre when no one is using water in the house. For more information click here.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t use running water for rinsing. If you have a double-sink, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. With a single sink, fill a large plastic basin with water for rinsing. You can use the left-over water in your garden.
- Install aerators to reduce the water flow in kitchen taps.
- Don’t wash vegetables under a running tap. Rather rinse them in a stoppered sink or a bowl of clean water.
- To save water in the garden, place mulch or plant groundcovers around trees and shrubs. This will slow evaporation of moisture as well as discouraging weeds.
- Group plants with the same watering needs together. This will help prevent over-watering some while under-watering others.
- Water plants during the early morning or evening to minimise evaporation. And avoid watering in windy conditions.
- Deep-soaking the lawn once a week is preferable to providing daily light sprinklings which easily evaporate.
Making the best possible use of resources like water, energy and money is one of the building blocks of successful living.
By saving money on utilities, not only saves our resources, but can free up money in your budget. You can visit My Credit Check where you can get your free full credit report, but can also use our budget tool to help you plan your finances.