8 tiny tips for reducing water waste
This week’s change the world Wednesday challenge will have you checking your water conservation.
We’re not talking major stuff like giving up your pressure washer, turning off the tap when you brush your teeth or not bathing for a week, we’re talking about the little differences that add up to make significant change.
Small Footprints writes “pay close attention to the water which gets tossed down the drain. For example, if you put ice in your drink, toss the ice in a planter rather than toss it in the drain. Is there a small amount of coffee left in the pot? Try freezing it for use in iced coffees or to flavor cake….
The idea, here, is to pay attention to those small amounts of water which usually get tossed down the drain and find more Eco-efficient uses for them … and thereby reduce waste.
Well I already have my top tip for reducing water waste, which is to reuse any water you steam / boil your veggies in. This water can be used cooled and used the following day for boiling pasta or rice. It’s an added bonus for you too because you get extra vitamins and trace minerals!
On a Sunday the vegetable water gets used to make gravy. Once again you’re reducing waste and gaining nutrients.
If I hard boil eggs, that water gets cooled and used on houseplants or added to the rain barrel.
HOT WATER BOTTLES
Another thing I do here at Chez Green is with the water from my hot water bottle. Instead of pouring it down the sink each evening, I give the cooled water to my houseplants. If my houseplants are not thirsty I put the water in a room steamer I use; it keeps the air healthy and purified.
If you have a dog, they’ll happily lap up your ice cubes or the dregs from the bottom of your glass (just make sure it’s not wine!)
If water is left in the bottom of a glass after a meal we simply leave it to drink later. I use an old yogurt pot lid to keep flies and dust out in the meantime. The same with Little Miss green’s water bottle from school. If there’s anything left she drinks it with her evening meal instead of throwing the water away and replacing.
The rabbit’s water comes from a rain barrel rather than the tap and we put water out for the birds – this is rain water too. It’s much better for them than chlorinated, flouirinated water. When we had cats I noticed they would refuse the nice ‘clean’ water I put down for them and prefered to drink out of puddles 😉
If you have fish, the dirty water is a valuable fertiliser for plants, rich in nitrogen and phosphorus.
What about you – what tiny steps do you take to improve water conservation?