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Sometimes, the simplest of gestures can make a real difference: how can we save water at home? As well as avoiding nasty surprises when the water bill arrives at the end of the month, it is important to be aware of the importance of not wasting water, by promoting responsible and sustainable use.
Did you know that according to the latest figures from the National Statistical Office, each inhabitant in Spain uses an average of 132 litres of water a day? Beyond simply turning off the taps whenever using water is not strictly necessary, how can we cut down on this quantity?
This is one of the most ‘silent’ ways of wasting water in the home, given that often those small leaks go completely unnoticed. As such, it is advisable to check pipes regularly and to keep a look out for any bills that are larger than normal. And the fact is that a leaking pipe or tap can waste up to 30 litres of water a day.
This is a simple way to save water at home: don’t use domestic appliances such as the washing machine or the dishwasher until they are completely full. If not, at least try to use a ‘half load’ cycle or other shorter washing programme than those you would normally use.
This small ‘nudge’ can help you to save up to 2,500 litres every month with your washing machine.
By installing a system of automatic drip irrigation you will use just one fifth of the water used with a traditional sprinkler system. Meanwhile, a tip that is particularly useful in summer is that you should always try to water in the morning or in the evening, avoiding the hottest times of the day, thereby ensuring that the water doesn’t evaporate before it is absorbed.
And to keep your garden perfect all year round, have a look at our post on maintaining your garden in winter.
Have you heard of Waterpebble? It is one of the most innovative technological inventions to help you save water at home. It doesn’t require any kind of installation and works on the basis of a series of warning lights (green, amber, and red) that alert you when the quantity of water being used exceeds the recommended amount: put it somewhere where water flows when you use it. What’s more, its compact dimensions (about the same size as a bar of soap) mean that it is very simple to use.
Lastly, by using water-saving filters on your taps and shower heads that reduce water flow, you can save up to 60% of the water you habitually use. Why not try these systems?
And of course, fewer baths and more showers! By changing your habits you can lighten the burden on your pocket while at the same time contributing in your own small way to improving the planet’s health. Are you with us?