Drinking water: it’s only as easy as turning on your tap. So easy that having drinking water has become a given. But drinking water is only becoming more valuable. And scarcer. So using it sparingly is anything but unnecessary: it is of great importance for the environment as well as our budget. With this blog, you will discover some tips to help you save on water.
The biggest water consumers
Before a savings plan can be drawn up, it is necessary to list the biggest consumers in the house.
To save per room
Every Belgian consumes an average of 100 litres per day. And with a few simple tips, this can really be reduced.
- Water your plants with the rinse water from your fruits and vegetables, or with your cooking water!
- Avoid turning on your dishwasher when it is not fully filled. Need a new dishwasher? Then go for a model with Energy Label A, these use up to 40% less water.
- Go for a water-saving tap head and use half as much water.
- Renovation plans? When buying, go for kitchen appliances that use less water and enjoy a nice financial benefit on your water bill for years to come.
- A water-saving tap/shower head is certainly no luxury in your bathroom either. These handy tools can reduce your flow rate by more than half! Invest e.g. in Vision Water water softeners with HSP technology, combined with the saving WET technology.
- As with a bathroom renovation, buying energy- and water-efficient appliances is a smart purchase decision that will save you a lot of money in the long run.
- Swap your bath for a shower and immediately save 130 litres of water per wash. If you can’t miss your bathing moments, try to limit them to e.g. twice a month.
- Turning off the tap while washing and brushing your teeth: a small, saving measure that is often forgotten.
The rest of the house
- An ecological appliance with energy class A can also be used for the washing machine. Is your drum not completely full? No problem, just use the eco mode.
- Save up to 7000 litres of water a year just by replacing the cistern of your toilet with a dual-flush model.
- If possible, connect your WC to a rainwater tank. Such a tank is an extremely sustainable investment that can save you, for a family of 4, 500 euros a year. And you can also use such a rainwater tank for watering the garden, filling your swimming pool, washing the car… Good for your wallet and the environment!
- You can also use water-saving techniques in your garden. Only water your plants in the morning or evening, for instance, to avoid immediate evaporation. Or find out what you can do to make your garden more ecological, so it needs less water.
- Finally, implement protection at the base of your plants so that the soil stays moist for longer.
Small investments, big benefits
With ongoing climate problems, water is becoming increasingly scarce, and therefore more expensive. Implementing energy- and water-efficient appliances and tools is therefore only a small investment compared to the big savings you make in the long run. Thus, the sooner you adapt, the better.