Indoor Hydration: Creating Sustainable Water Practices for Your Home
Water is at the core of environmental discussions about waste reduction, and with good reason: worldwide trends indicate a significant disruption in our planet’s freshwater supply. It’s also a significant cost: even excluding the cost of water bills, as much as 25% of energy bills in the UK come from water, especially heating water for showers and the energy to operate dishwashers. Fortunately, a number of affordable options exist to help UK homeowners conserve water while cultivating a serene atmosphere.
At-Home Water Conservation
Fortunately, strategies to reduce water usage in the home are plentiful and entirely cost-efficient. Water comes out of the tap at a record 2.5 gallons per minute, so turn the tap off when brushing your teeth or scrubbing dishes to reduce output. It’s also a good idea to gather water: for instance, rather than pouring pasta water down the drain, use it in plants or as an ingredient for many sauce recipes. Always use dishwasher and washing machines when full, and, when possible, opt for the water-conserving setting on these appliances. Of course, Jerry Bottles serve as environmentally-friendly water bottles that reduce your carbon footprint at home and on-the-go. When possible, refill your Jerry Bottle using tap water with an aerator, so that the water you drink is purified and BPA free.
Home Water Decor
Despite the UK’s wet climate, it’s important to add moisture to your home because heating systems dry out the air, which exacerbates breathing issues and leaves your body dehydrated. Indoor water fountains are a good option for rebalancing water levels while adding hydration-based decor to your home. The result is a calming ambiance without ecological damage: in fact, home water fountains require about as much energy to operate as a small table lamp, making it an affordable option for adding purified water.
Plumbing for Sustainable Water
It’s important to consider your plumbing and tanks when looking to protect your home’s water system. Avoid pouring caustic materials, such as paint or aluminum, into taps or toilets as this can corrode your plumbing and damage water supply. Homeowners with septic tanks need to be especially conservative with water usage, as the tank can overflow if used excessively. Likewise, it’s important to stay on top of tap and toilet leaks, as excess water leakage is a significant drain on your monthly water bill.
UK homeowners benefit from a wide array of options to conserve household water usage, even when implementing water fixtures for home decorating. Staying mindful of your daily water use and water-based appliances will leave your home with purer, cost-efficient hydration in daily life.
By Jess Walters