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How to Conserve Water and Use it effectively

Water conservation has always been an important initiative, but today it is a bigger piece of the global environmental agenda than ever before.  We can conserve water both at home and at work in both the actions we take and the products and devices we can use to help us do so.

Here are some of the ideas and initiatives that will help you to reduce your water consumption and be more effective with your use.

Low Flushing Toilets

Modern toilets are fitted with ‘half flush’ mechanisms and are manufactured with water savings in mind.  If you live in an older property with old fittings, including the toilet, then it is worth considering buying a new one, as the water savings you will enjoy are significant.

A great alternative to a low flushing toilet is to use water displacement techniques.  Your water company will often be able to send you a cistern device to reduce water flow, while you can always fill a bottle with water and/or stones yourself and make your own device for cutting toilet flush water consumption by as much as 30%.

Low Flow Showerheads

Many people think about low flow showerheads and mistakenly believe they’re going to have a worse showering experience as a result.  However, these products work by combining water and air to maintain pressure and ensure you enjoy a great shower while reducing water consumption by up to 60%.

An alternative product is a shower flow controller, which does the same job but uses your existing showerhead.  Neither of these products is suitable for electric showers, as they are already manufactured for low water flow.

Faucet Aerators

These fit onto your taps and reduce your water consumption by as much as 50%, although you should be mindful the way you use your taps to enjoy the greatest possible water and bill savings.  For example, you should still avoid cleaning dishes or brushing your teeth while leaving the water running, as well as using running water for cleaning vegetables or other foods.

Water Recycling

‘Grey water’ – water that you have used for cleaning vegetables in a bowl, washing dishes in a tub, or that has come out of emptying the tumble dryer, can be recycled and used in your garden.  Plants and your lawn aren’t too concerned with whether water is a little dirty, so reuse your grey water to keep your garden growing and reduce your water consumption from the supply.

Water Butts

Another great way to minimise the volume of water you take from the tap if you’re a keen gardener is to use water butts.  These collect rainwater and allow you to have a constant resource from which to water your garden; perfect in locations that have wet winters followed by hot, dry summers with little rain.  A water butt can help you be unaffected by a hosepipe ban and keep your garden fresh and colourful throughout the year.  In some countries, you can even enjoy a reduction to your water bill owing to the reduced ‘run off’ from your property.

Conserve and use water effectively at all times; the small differences and savings you make on a day to day basis will add up to a large overall volume and significantly reduced bills.

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How Much Water Does the Average Household use per Year?

Water usage is a hot topic all around the world.  We’re being asked more than ever before to think about the ways in which we can save water and make a difference both to the environment and to our wallets owing to the significant savings we can make.

Before we start to plan water savings, however, we need to know where we’re using water around the home.  Here are the areas responsible for the greatest water usage in an average household of four, how much water they use, and tips to reduce your water consumption.

Toilet Flushing

This accounts for a huge 30% of water consumption in your home, which equates to approximately 135 litres each day.

The most common solution here is to buy a cistern controller, available in many forms or easy to make yourself, which can reduce your water usage by as much as a third.  You should also consider buying an overnight toilet sticker so you can see whether your toilet has a leak that is wasting water.

Showering

Depending on the water saving products you use, and your awareness of the time it takes you to shower, 12 – 25% of your daily water consumption comes from this area.  This means you could be using anywhere from 60 to 125 litres each day.

Low flow showerheads and flow controllers will make a difference to your consumption, cutting water use by as much as 60%, but the biggest difference will be you, and ensuring everyone in your house takes showers that are as short and fast as possible.

Kitchen Water Use

Your kitchen taps and dishwasher, if you have one, are responsible for 8 to 14%, or between 35 – 63 litres, of water each day.  Dripping taps can waste a huge amount of water, while doing things like washing dishes with taps left on, washing foods, and various other things quickly see your water use stacking up.  Factor in that the flow rate of taps can vary wildly, and be massive if you have a faulty valve, and it is difficult to know exactly how much you’re using or can potentially save.  Add in the washing machine, which can use as much as 20%, or 90 litres of water, per wash, and you’re using a huge amount of water in your kitchen, whichever way you look at it.

Making savings here offers many options, but again the biggest thing to do is look at how you use water and be more careful, particularly with leaving taps running unnecessarily and only using a half-full dishwasher or washing machine.  Elsewhere, use faucet aerators on your taps to reduce your consumption by as much as half, which in turn with you being more mindful will lead to a huge saving.

The Final 10% and Total

The final 10%, sometimes up to 15% depending on how you’re using water elsewhere, is used for drinking water and in the garden.  You have to drink water, so we aren’t going to tell you to stop, but you might consider a hose flow restrictor or a water butt to reduce what you take from your water supply for the garden.

In total, this adds up to 450 litres a day, on average, or 165,000 litres of water used every year by the average household.  While that is a scary number, perhaps the most frightening aspect of it is that we have the scope to reduce our consumption massively, yet so many of us fail to do anything about it.

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Water saving

Water saving is nowadays synonymous with environment protection. It is therefore important to use industrial products in all hydraulic systems of our buildings (apartments, houses, industrial plants), which support water saving and stand to high quality standards. Water – flow restrictors, aerators, water saving shower devices or multi-function shower heads are products that have been proven not only to be useful for water saving, but it has even been confirmed that  water consumption  can be reduced by 30% to 60%.

It is advisable to follow a few pieces of advice on water saving. Energy-saving always constitutes economic frugality and entails environmental sustainability. The basic tips to this topic are: Check all water pipes. If they leak in any places, replace either them or the seals. Also check out the sinks and washbasins for any possible leaks. For the general tidiness in the house such as cleaning floors, walls and windows, you need a bucket with soapy water and one with clean water to rinse off the soap residue. For watering the plants and for cleaning work in the garden only plain water will be used, of course.

The most important factor in water saving is a KIT, such as Flow Restrictor or aerator, both of which we have already recommended. The products you receive from us are easy to install and provide low water consumption.

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Water and Climate

Water is also energetically a special molecule: A lot of energy is needed to heat water. Therefore, water collects much warmth in lakes and oceans and has a balancing effect on the climate. It is way more balanced in the regions by the sea or near large lakes than far away from water. Ocean currents transport vast amounts of warmth from tropical regions to northern latitudes and make the climate here more enjoyable. Also, evaporated water in the atmosphere contributes significantly to the warmth transport by winds. During the evaporation process there is still more warmth energy saved in the form of the water vapor – the so-called “latent warmth”. It is released when the water vapor becomes liquid again (while raining). Furthermore, water vapor is a greenhouse gas; its share of the natural greenhouse effect is about 60 percent.

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Save money with a water-saving showerhead!

Saving water in your home

Use a water-saving shower head to cut down on your water consumption when showering without having to give up on comfort. There are, however, huge differences in terms of consumption, price, and quality. A regular shower head uses about 16 liters of water per minute. Savings of up to 50% (water, energy, and hence, your money) are realistic. In our opinion, hand-held shower heads with a consumption of less than 8 liters per minute cease to offer a comfortable and desirable shower experience. They simply use too little water.  There is a limit as to how much you can reduce the water flow rate—there comes a point when you simply don’t get properly wet anymore … A water-saving shower head with multiple settings options (e.g., massage jet) certainly offers an ideal combination of saving water and having an exclusive shower experience.

In addition, there are water-saving shower heads with, e.g., “Fog”, “Massage”, “Soft”, „Rain/Soft” jet types. If you are looking for a “Rain” shower head please make sure to check that the shower head is 110mm in diameter or more. As a general rule, the larger the shower disc the softer and more comortable the water jet. Modern water-saving shower units are mostly very pleasing to the eye and now offer a shower experience very similar to that of hand-held shower heads.

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Water saving showers by AGUAFLUX®

To make sure your water-saving showerhead enjoys a long lifecycle, we recommend the following care: Never use abrasive cloths or detergents. You should also avoid the use of detergents containing solvents or acids, descaling agents, distilled white vinegar, and detergents with acetic acids. They all have corrosive properties—your shower head will get scratched and lose its shine. Simply use mild soap and a slightly wet cloth to polish your shower head. Then rinse and dry it. Drying your shower head after each use will avoid the buildup of limescale.

If you want to save water without replacing your existing shower head we recommend purchasing a flow restrictor. This upgrade product is screwed onto the shower hose at the water outlet. It is easy to fit and you can save a lot of water this way.

And finally, another, slightly less serious tip for saving water in your home—if you don’t shower alone, you can save at least another 50% of water and energy …

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Public Water Supply in Germany

Almost every resident of Germany, is connected to public water supply –  luxury circumstances that are rarely noticed anymore…

It is striking that the price for drinking- and waste water has increased over the last fifteen years by almost half. During this period, in Germany the average bill rose from 115 € to 171 € per  year per household member. A family of four pays accordingly to that between 260 and almost 2000 €/year. Yet, the water consumption has declined eight liters a day (per person) over  the past fifteen years due to the high water prices and growing environmental consciousness.

Nevertheless, the germans still use about 125 liters of drinking water per day, of which we consume:

32%  for toilet flushing
30% for bathing and showering
14% for laundry
6% for cleaning (face, hands and teeth)
6% for washing dishes
4% to water for garden plants
3% for household cleaning
2% for car washing

Help us to save precious water! With an water saving aerator, you can reduce  water consumption and costs by 50%!  A savings aerator reduces the water flow – by the adding air to the jet the beam still  feels thick and soft. These aerators resist limescale and work for very long time.

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Save the enviroment – save on water and energy

Almost every resident of Germany, is connected to public water supply –  luxury circumstances that are rarely noticed anymore…

It is striking that the price for drinking- and waste water has increased over the last fifteen years by almost half. During this period, in Germany the average bill rose from 115 € to 171 € per  year per household member. A family of four pays accordingly to that between 260 and almost 2000 €/year. Yet, the water consumption has declined eight liters a day (per person) over  the past fifteen years due to the high water prices and growing environmental consciousness.

Nevertheless, the germans still use about 125 liters of drinking water per day, of which we consume:

32%  for toilet flushing
30% for bathing and showering
14% for laundry
6% for cleaning (face, hands and teeth)
6% for washing dishes
4% to water for garden plants
3% for household cleaning
2% for car washing

Help us to save precious water! With an water saving aerator, you can reduce  water consumption and costs by 50%!  A savings aerator reduces the water flow – by the adding air to the jet the beam still  feels thick and soft. These aerators resist limescale and work for very long time.

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Saving water and energy can be very easy!

What does water have to do with saving energy?  You can save a lot of energy costs if you reduce your personal water consumption because everybody uses heated water while taking a shower, clean clothes or wash dishes. You don´t have to suffer any comfort and the effects of smart use of warm water shows quickly on your bank account.

For example:

Compared to a five minute shower, taking a full bath takes three times as much   water and energy. You save even more heated water if you install a water saving showerhead that reduces (without hardly noticing) the water flow up the 50 percent. Good models are available for as little as € 15,–.

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Water saving in the EU

Water consumption in the european countries

The average EU-household water consumption in liters per person/day:

Belgium 122
Germany 129
Denmark 136
Spain 145
UK 147
France 151
Finland 155
Poland 158
Austria 160
Netherlands 166
Luxembourg 170
Sweden 188
Italy 213

saving water at home

Especially in southern Europe, water is scarce, that for the EU wants to converse  all households on to flow restricting products.
Germany is with a consumption of 129 liters per person/day compared with the main EU countries, far ahead in saving water. But there is further potential savings by installing e.g. water saving tap aerator or watersaving showerheads. It is worthwhile to compare the prices of various vendors!
Another aspect for energy-saving: less needlessly heated water flows into the drain.

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Water saving in Hotel

The Best Western Premier Hotel Victoria in Freiburg, Germany  is a zero-emission hotel since the year 2002 and has twice received the title of greenest hotel in the world.In the hotel are almost exclusively body-shaped tubs in the bathrooms, which reduce water consumption by about 30 percent. Guests need less hot water for bathing and all appliances are also fitted with water saving aerators.

The hoteliers are convinced that the protection of the environment is a common requirement for our future.

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