TODAY: At Home
Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth. You could save 12 litres (more than 3 gallons) per day if you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes.
When shaving, use a plug in the basin rather than letting the tap run.
Avoid putting excess tissues, personal care items, cigarette butts, and other waste into the toilet. Sewers are not designed to handle these kinds of waste which may impact on water quality.
Take a shower instead of a bath, and limit your showering time. A five minute shower (not a power shower!) will use two-thirds less water than a bath. Try to beat the clock: use a shower-timer that sticks onto your shower wall.
Perhaps skip showering altogether! A young citizen scientist and entrepreneur from South Africa has invented the first water-less bathing lotion. Watch his TED talk:
Keep drinking water in the fridge instead of letting the tap run cold.
Use a low-flush option on a toilet if it is available.
Hand wash small batches of dishes: fill a tub with soapy water and turn off the tap while scrubbing.
Dishwasher: scrape dishes before putting them in, but do not rinse. Only run the dishwasher when full to increase efficiency.
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