How can I save water?

Each of us spends up to 250 litres of water every day.
It’s up to every single one of us to reduce this waste of water by saving a few litres during our daily routines. And it’s very easy!

In the bathroom

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Flushing the toilet

There are toilets that provide the possibility to choose between 3 litres or 6 litres per flush. To save water, it’s always better to use the 3-litre-flushing cisterns or to buy a cistern with a water-saving device.

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Washing your hands and brushing your teeth

Never let the water run unnecessarily. Stop the water tap while soaping your hands or brushing your teeth to avoid unnecessary water consumption.

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Having a shower

Stop the water while soaping yourself and, if possible, just have one shower per day.
Extra tip: Install shower heads with a water-saving function!

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Having a bath

A full bath takes 150-200 litres of water. Therefore, take a shower rather than a bath! If you have got a bath tube at home, it may be possible to install a shower head holder and a shower curtain.

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Using towels

Use your towels more than just once. There is no need to wash them after each use.

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Keeping an eye on the time

Be quick! Always keep an eye on the time. Reducing your shower time will save water, money and you will have more time left for the more important and beautiful things in life.

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Using the washing machine

Use the washing machine only for full loads.
Extra tip: Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy and helps your clothes retain their colour.

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Cleaning your house

When cleaning your house, only use the amount of water you really need. There’s no need to always fill the whole cleaning bucket, half the water will do most of the time.

In the kitchen

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Washing the dishes

Washing dishes under running water takes about 150 litres of water! It’s much better to fill the sink with water and wash your dishes in it. This takes only 20 to 30 litres and is also more convenient.

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Using the dishwasher

Dishwashers typically consume less water than you need for washing your dishes by hand. However, you should only use the dishwasher when it’s completely filled.

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Heating water

Heating water takes a lot of gas or electricity and moreover, time. If possible, use a kettle to heat the amount of water you need. That way you avoid surplus water flowing down the sink unused.

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Cooking food

Cook your food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients. Also, make sure you select the proper pan size. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.

Outdoors

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Collecting rainwater

If you have got the possibility to collect rainwater, use it to water your plants. This saves money as well as useful drinking water and will also keep your plants beautiful and healthy for a long time.

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Using the sprinkler

Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not your house, the sidewalk or the street.

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Taking care of trees and plants

It’s a good idea to put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents rank weeds.

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Watering at the correct time of day

Water your plants early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are lower. Watering when it’s hot and sunny is wasteful because most of the water evaporates.

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