In a previous article, we shared several tips for eco-friendly living in Dubai, citing ways in which we can help save the environment. Today, we are going to focus on how to save and conserve one of the most important natural resources on Earth: water.
Did you know that 97 percent of the water on Earth is salt water, while only 3 percent is fresh water? Or that taking a bath uses up to 70 gallons of water, compared to only 10 – 25 gallons when taking a shower? Learn these and more as we present tips for saving water usage.
How to Save on Water Usage
Whether you live in the UAE or elsewhere, take note of these tips to conserve water usage:
#1 – Switch faucets off when not in use.
Are you guilty of letting the water run while brushing your teeth? This may seem “harmless” — but it can actually waste gallons of water over time. It only takes a second to turn the faucet off while your brushing your pearly whites or even while lathering soap on your dirty dishes!
#2 – Use a “low flow” shower head.
Ever heard of a “low flow” shower head? Compared to regular ones, these shower heads can help reduce water consumption by as much as 50 to 70 percent. While you’re at it, why not consider limiting your shower time as well!
#3 – Check for leaks regularly.
Statistics show that a broken pipe that leaks one drip per second can lead to 3000 gallons of wasted water in a year. That’s basically equal to 300 showers! This is why it’s important to check your faucets and pipes for leaks every now and then.
#4 – Install water-saving mechanisms.
Aside from the “low flow” shower head mentioned earlier, consider installing other water-saving mechanisms. These include a “dual flush” toilet button and an “aerator” that can help regulate the flow and usage of water.
#5 – Run the washing machine when it’s full.
A “full load” on a washing machine can help you save on water, electricity, and even laundry detergent! This is a simple yet effective way to lower your utility bills, and it applies to dishwashers, too!
#6 – Buy a high-efficiency washing machine.
If you need to buy a new washing machine, you might want to look at the high-efficiency models. The latest models require 30 percent less water and 40 percent less energy, which can help you save money in the long run.
#7 – Choose your plants wisely.
Have a green thumb? Choose your plants based on the local climate. For instance, succulents are ideal in the UAE, as they can survive even during the hot summer months. Plus, they require only minimal watering!
#8 – Water your plants at the right time.
The best time to water your plants is early in the morning (before 8am) or in the evening (6 pm onwards). If you maintain a garden lawn, consider watering only when it’s “thirsty,” or when you notice footprints on the grass after walking.
#9 – Water in short spurts.
Speaking of lawns, observe how often you use the garden house. Instead of watering for a straight 30 minutes, consider doing three 10-minute sessions (at 30-minute to 1-hour intervals), as this will allow your lawn to absorb moisture better.
By following these tips, you not only get to conserve water — you’ll be saving money, too! In addition, here are some practical tips to save money, particularly if you’re an expat in Dubai.