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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 is life, well being and vitality

Who uses regular sugar-containing drinks increases significantly his risk of getting obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

The Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine indicates that water is the healthiest thirst quencher for children. In lemonade or cola are (well hidden) additional calories, which are inadvertently ingested. There are different opinion about the issue of water recovery. Some people think that devices with which the water should taste better than others are the greatest – some just think that this is energizing esoteric nonsense.

The goal of almost all vitalizing devices is to bring the household water in its natural state. The vital source of water is exposed to a lot of stress until it gets into our bodies. For example  radio and cell phone waves, power lines and pipe systems have negative impact on the quality of water. The consequences from the loss of energy and vitality and calcification are and bad taste. Energized water removes lime and has a balancing and restorative effect. Vital water tastes better, potted plants can grow better and keeps cut flowers fresh longer .

If you want to revive the tap water in your house, there are three different methods:
1. Turbulence: following the example of nature water is set in motion, like a mountain stream, which is mixed up by stones and slope
2.”Transmission” through crystals and precious stones such as rose quartz –
you have have to put the water into a water carafe
3. Magnetic fields are used, like you find  in the source water that is exposed for decades under the earth to the earth’s magnetic field

Once you decide to benefit from revitalized water, you should consider to compare carefully before purchasing a device!
Take a close look at systems that combine several, or all three modes of action and see if promised results can be archieved with it.
Have the vendor explain the functions of the device accurately to you and make sure that you get a guarantee a return of at least 6 months!
And last but not least: Try It! Because ultimately the water  should taste good, too!

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Worldwide problematic of water

Today the water issue causes debates between the diverse institutions of scientists, politicians and technical experts who are interested in the provision of drinking water in the future.

The necessity to reach a balanced hydraulic level which secures sufficient water supplies of the population will be achieved by a good organized basis. The handling or consumption of this natural and valuable resource will help to protect the environment.

It is recommended to accomplish little tasks by which you can help to save water.

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Examples are:

– Do not water your garden during longer periods of higher heat because it will simply vaporize.

– Make sure to use a fully loaded dishwasher and load it optimally according to the dishwasher´s manual.

– Using economical devices are essential for the use of water. Take a shower with flow restrictors and swivel sprayers.

– Make sure to have turned off the water tap while having your teeth brushed or your beard shaved.

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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

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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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Water saving aerators

Aerators (or faucet aerators), which are screwed into the spout of the faucet, provide a uniform and splash-free waterflow. The water consumption is reduced by over 50% by the mixing soft air into water jet.
Thus, washing hands is not only enjoyable, but it also saves money significantly by reducing the flow rate.
The amount of water can be reduced quite easily by an faucet aerator without loss any of comfort, because air is added simply to the water. From a normal 12 to 15 liters per minute of water flow, limitedto only about 5 liters per minute . That means (depending on your rate) a possible saving of up to 100 € a year.
Such aerators are available in any hardware store, you can also buy them online.

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water saving aerator

If you don´t have a nice and even warterjet anymore, but spray in different directions, it is time to replace the aerator or the inside bets, since it will probably be calcified and / or very dirty.

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Save Water

The scarcity of water in Europe is increasing, caused by climate change and waste. The EU Commission estimates that there will be a significant water shortage in many European regions by 2050.

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Especially the south of Europe is affected  ​​- hence the authorities in Brussels are looking for ways  to encourage water conservation.
However, against appropriate media reports, there will be no binding rules for private households on how to save water, said EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik: “I want to emphasize that the Commission currently has no plans to require water-efficient taps in any member country. ”
But please do not forget: Water is an essential resource!
With a few technical changes and just little effort, it is possible for anyone to save significant amounts of drinking water in their household.