We're on a mission to do what we can to teach our kids about being environmentally friendly, and we're starting by being more mindful about how much water we're using...
What with it being Earth Hour tomorrow, we’ve been thinking about Mother Earth and all the ways we can help her out. And that includes changing our water usage habits! Not only will thinking more about our water habits help teach our kids about the environment, but it will also save us some money too! Win win!
1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth: leaving the water running uses around six litres of water per minute!
2. Make sure that when you are using the washing machine and the dishwasher that they are loaded to full capacity.
3. Break out the tool box (or call a plumber) and get those dripping taps or pipes fixed: this can save a whopping 5,500 litres of water a year!
4. Yes we know it’s hot here in Singapore, but take shorter showers. Go for a quick, cold blast rather than a long, lazy shower and you’ll save between six and 45 litres per minute.
5. Mulch your plants (yes we had to Google that too: we’re still learning the ropes about urban gardening here in Singapore). Did you know that by adding bark chippings, heavy compost or straw to your plants, this will help reduce water evaporation?
6. Use a watering can and not a hose to water your plants: a hose uses a shocking 1000 litres of water per hour! Watering in the early morning or late evening will also help with evaporation.
7. It doesn’t sound sexy but it certainly saves water: add a cistern displacement device into your toilet cistern, which will reduce the volume of water per flush.
8. If you prefer cold drinking water, fill a jug with tap water and place it in your fridge rather than running the tap until it’s cold.
9. And remember not to overfill the kettle when you’re boiling water – just boil as much as you need.
10. Wash your vegetables and salad greens over a bowl and then use the excess water to give your house plants a drink!
See, we told you it was easy!
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Illustration: Aliff Tee for HoneyKids Asia