How Can I Save Water?

1- Why save water
2- How can I save water?
3- How much water do you use
4- Washing clothes
5- Toilet flushing

Washing Clothes

Washing machines used to use as much water per wash as a person now uses in an entire day - up to 150 litres!

Advances in technology over the past 20 years, however, have succeeded in reducing the average water consumption to about 50 litres per wash - still quite a bit of water! Clothes washing now accounts for about 15 percent of the water that we use on our homes, so by reducing wastage in this area we can make significant water savings.

Washing machines vary tremendously in how much water they use per wash: when adjusted for capacity, some use as much as 20 litres per kilogram while others as little as 6 litres per kilogram! Therefore, when buying a new washing machine it is important to make sure that the model is water efficient.

With any model, total water consumption will depend on how you use the machine. In order to minimise water and energy waste, follow these quick tips:

1. When replacing your old washing machine, make sure to buy a water efficient model.

2. When using your washing machine, make sure to use a full load every time. Surveys have shown that a typical load of laundry is usually much less than the maximum capacity of the model, so make sure to stuff in a couple of shirts with your next load. If you need to do a wash but don't have a full load, use the half load feature on your machine.

3. Familiarise yourself with your washing machine's cycle options. Some settings provide the same cleaning power as a normal cycle, but with less water and energy. Check your user manual for water consumption information about the various cycles on your model, or contact the manufacturer.

4. Avoid pre-washing. Most modern washing machines and washing powders are so effective that you don't have to pre-rinse!


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