Water is probably one of the most precious natural resources for both men and animals. Clean and pure water is a gift, ready to be used at our home. Indeed, we should all pay attention on how we use it.
There are a large number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.
So, what could you do in the kitchen?
First of all, if you wash your dishes (and maybe some of your lazy flatmates) by hand, don’t let the water run. It is better to fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water. While washing, soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
On the other hand, if you are lucky enough to have a dishwasher, then it would typically use less water than washing dishes by hand.
A very smart advice is to designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will also cut down on the number of glasses to wash! Win-win! If you like drinking cold water, then keep a jar or a plastic bottle of drinking water in the fridge instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
Another tip is to not use running water to unfreeze food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
Now, let’s see what you can do during your cooking sessions! Before starting to prepare your meals, select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary. Then, try to cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients. Afterwards, you can reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it is one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.
Always remember to collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables, because you can use it to water house plants or flowers!
And how could you save water in the bathroom?
Very straightforward advices:
Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes and turn off the water while washing your hair. It takes just one second!
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. Easy one!
Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor. Clever!
When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather. Yes I can do it!
In this post, I have shown you how saving water could be simple during your life at University and even after. These tips and many others come from an amazing website:
Fedora Agosti (green Behaviour Change Frontrunner)