My partner and I have recently moved into a new house together and it's really got me thinking about all the ways I'd love to make our lifestyle as planet-friendly as possible whilst living in a rental. Of course, one of the first things that came to mind was saving water - it's one of the simplest things to do and yet it's also something that a lot of people still don't prioritise. We came up with the following ideas while chatting over breakfast one morning and I can proudly say we have easily implemented the first one into our daily routine. So easily, in fact, that I'm amazed we weren't doing it earlier.
1. Save your cold water!
How often do you let water run down the drain while you're waiting for the hot water system to turn on and the water to get hot? We now keep a bucket in our bathroom to save the cold water that would otherwise be running down the drain while we wait for the hot tap to do its thing. Phil also does it when running the water for shaving and we'll do it when we run the water for the dishes. These might sound like small amounts but it's really not: AMAZINGLY we've been able to water our entire front and back garden, every single day, using the water from our trusty bucket. Now depending on the size of garden you have, you might not get to all of it with your saved cold water but the thing with water is that every single drop counts. Don't imagine for a second that any amount you save won't make a difference.
2. One for the ladies (and the avid cyclists?)
This is one I've been doing for years because it just makes sense to me - turn the water off in the shower while you're shaving your legs. It takes roughly 90 seconds or less to shave one leg in the shower and this is generally a pretty quick exercise anyway, so why not turn the tap off while you do it then rinse once you're finished? This saves plenty of water from needlessly running down the drain and added up over time, it'll make a huge difference to your water consumption. Admittedly, this does get a bit chilly in Winter, but even if you do it for 6 months of the year it will make a difference.
Think that sounds pretty simple to incorporate into your daily routine? I challenge you to give it a go! I am pretty sure that in no time you'll be surprised at how easily you go about this as part of your daily practice, plus it incorporates you getting out into the garden, or your version of it, every day. We all know, any time in nature is time well spent. And speaking of spending, I want to hear how the price of your next water bill drops!
Let me know how you go in the comments, I'd love to hear from you :)
From one water baby to another,