How to save water: 50 tips to implement in everyday life

How to save water: 50 tips to implement in everyday life

H20: how can such a small formula represent all that water is? On a hot day, that fresh water serves to relieve the heat; warm water is perfect to be flavored with leaves for a delicious tea; Hot water is one of the great allies of cleaning and great for bathing in winter. But the idea here is to show you how to save water, this very precious liquid.

Gone are the days when everyone believed that the Earth, “planet water”, had this infinite resource. If we do not take care of this natural wealth, scarcity will be increasingly imminent. So, no washing the car or the sidewalk with the hose on, ok? And that’s not all! Here are 50 tips on how to save water on a daily basis at home:

1. Take a quick shower

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Are you that kind of guy who loosens his vocal cords and puts on a real music show under the shower? Change the strategy, you can sing in front of the mirror, for example, and have a quick shower. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), five minutes is the ideal time to wash yourself properly and achieve sustainable use of water and energy. And if you keep the register closed while soaping, the savings are 90 liters if you live at home or 162 liters if you live in an apartment, according to Sabesp (Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de São Paulo).

2. Don’t let the faucets drip!

That ping ping you hear when you lie down to sleep makes a big difference in your water bill, you know? And, most of the time, changing the tap rubber, a maximum cost of two reais and which you can do yourself, solves the problem! Even a month of this faucet dripping can generate a waste of up to 1300 liters of water.

3. Let the dishes soak

Use a large basin or cover the kitchen sink and fill with water. Leave the meal dishes there for a little while, soaking. It will be much easier to continue with the cleaning afterwards, as the dirt (food and grease) will come out much easier!

4. Store rainwater

The water that falls from the sky can also be used. Use buckets, vats or basins to store rainwater. Then you can use it to water the plants, clean the house, wash the car, the yard, the laundry area or even give your dog a bath.

5. Right time for watering

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Did you know that plants absorb more water at the hottest times? So, take the opportunity to water at times with the mildest temperatures, such as at night or in the morning.

6. No hose in the yard

You know that laziness to sweep the yard? It would be much easier to pile the leaves of the trees in a corner with a jet of water, wouldn’t it? Forget that idea! Ditch the hose and embrace the broom for this task. In addition to saving water, you already exercise!

7. Faucet always closed!

When shaving or brushing your teeth, don’t leave the tap running forever. Only open when you really need the water! According to Sabesp , keeping the tap closed saves 11.5 liters (household) and 79 liters (apartment) while brushing your teeth and 9 liters (household) and 79 liters (apartment) when shaving.

8. Check pipes and possible leaks

Drop by drop, a leak can waste about 45 liters of water a day! Do you know how much is that? The equivalent of a baby pool! So, from time to time, give the pipes in your house a general, to avoid this expense. If you discover a leak in a street pipe, contact your state’s water company.

9. Wash the car with bucket

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Admit it: it won’t be so “painful” to use the bucket instead of the hose to wash the car. The cleaning process is simple and, with organization, you can spend as much time as you would with the hose. Your powerhouse will be clean just the same! This exchange generates savings of 176 liters, according to information from Sabesp .

10. Save on downloads

Nowadays the market already offers several types of discharge drives. The one that pays off the most for the pocket and the planet in the long run is the piece that has two options for jets, called a double trigger discharge: one weaker and one stronger, respectively for when you do number one or number one. two! This technology ( dual flush valve ) is capable of saving water by up to 50% of the traditional volume. There is also the possibility of regulating the discharge valve, reducing the water pressure and, consequently, the consumption.

11. Keep an eye on the water tank

When filling the water tank, make sure it does not overflow. Do periodic maintenance to avoid surprises and unnecessary expenses and always leave it covered, to prevent evaporation and mosquitoes and other insects from entering the water.

12. A right day to wash clothes

Set a day a week to wash your clothes. Separate by groups (white, dark, colored and delicate) and wash everything in one day.

13. Reuse washing machine water

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You can reuse the water from washing clothes to wipe the house, wash the yard or even the sidewalk. Another option is to use this water to wash the floor cloths.

14. Use the maximum capacity of appliances

Often a garment can be worn two, three or even four times before being put in the wash; that is, they don’t get dirty instantly – like jeans, for example. “That’s why it is necessary to evaluate the condition of each part and, what is more important: only start the machine after it is full. No washing for just a few pieces, but for a large volume of clothes. This avoids the excessive use of the machine”, says Aline Silva, marketing manager at Casa KM , a company specialized in the manufacture of cleaning products for clothes and the house. The same idea also goes for the dishwasher and six-pack.

15. Learn to read the hydrometer

The hydrometer is the device that reads the water consumption. It’s the information it collects that appears on your water bill. So here’s a leak-hunting tip: close all the taps in the house, then check the water meter. The point is that the pointer is still. If he is moving, it is a sign that there is a leak in your house. Then, the next step is to look for a professional to locate and fix the problem.

16. Clean before washing

Before putting the dishes in the wash (in the sink or dishwasher), clean the dishes well, scraping every corner and leftover food. The ideal, of course, is that nothing is left over, to avoid wasting food as well.

17. Use accessories to help save money

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Watering can, spray gun, aerator, pressure reducer, aerator…. These parts are sold at home improvement stores, home improvement stores, or hardware stores. They serve to be attached to the end of the faucet or hose, reducing the volume and pressure of the water.

18. Close the registry!

The long-awaited holiday or vacation has arrived, and you can’t wait to hit the road. But before leaving home, close all records. In addition to preventing possible leaks, it is one of the safety measures for when you are away.

19. Leave a bucket in the shower

Most people like to bathe in lukewarm or hot water. But the water takes a little while to get to the ideal temperature for each one. Therefore, the bucket is a great ally at this time, to collect the cold water, which normally goes down the drain and can be used later.

20. Lower the damp cloth

Instead of wiping the floor of your house with a damp cloth every day, choose to sweep only. If your routine is to eliminate your pet’s fur, it’s worth investing in a vacuum cleaner. You will spend electricity to clean everything, and you can leave the damp cloth only for Friday or for the cleaning day chosen for your house.

21. Defrost food in the fridge

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Some people, in a hurry to defrost some food, place the container in a water bath – and this water is discarded later. In order not to waste this water (which is usually enough to fill a large pot), put a reminder on your cell phone and take the food out of the freezer in advance and leave it on the sink. Another option is to move the frozen from the freezer straight to the fridge. Thus, the product loses its ice “naturally” and remains refrigerated.

22. Choose plants that need little water

If you don’t give up having a green corner at home, you can still opt for species that don’t require so much watering, such as cacti and succulents . In addition to being beautiful, they also don’t require as much maintenance.

23. Take care of your pool

Avoid changing the pool water. Learn how to clean the pool correctly to avoid discarding all that volume of water, often unnecessarily. Another tip to preserve water is to cover the pool with a tarp: in addition to keeping the water clean, it prevents evaporation.

24. Don’t pour oil in the sink

There are collection points that accept used cooking oil. By delivering the oil stored in PET bottles to these locations, you can be sure that the disposal will be correct. Never pour frying oil down the sink drain. It can contaminate the water and even make your pipe clog!

25. Use the broom on the sidewalk

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Swapping the hose for the broom to clean the sidewalk generates savings of 279 liters every 15 minutes, according to Sabesp . That is, hose to “sweep” the sidewalk, never again!

26. Wash fruits and vegetables without wasting water

Your vegetables, fruits and vegetables can be washed in a basin. For this type of washing to be efficient, use a vegetable brush to clean the food and remove dirt and any remnants of earth, and leave the vegetables to soak in a chlorinated solution, specifically for this purpose, available for sale in practically all supermarkets. .

27. Drip for vegetable gardens

This type of irrigation has three positive points: you don’t have to worry about your plant if you forget to water it, and the drip allows the plant to be neither too dry nor too wet.

28. Install green roofs

The so-called ecotelhados are responsible for capturing rainwater. Green roofs can receive a specific type of grass, with roots not too long, or even be your spice garden (provided you have easy access to it, of course). This type of roof makes the house cooler too, because it evenly distributes the sun’s heat and water to the plants.

29. Cook with less water

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If you are going to cook some vegetables, you don’t need to fill a pan to its maximum capacity, just cover them with water, that is, an inch or two above them. Be sure to use a pot of the proper size for the recipe in question. Always check (read and reread) how to make each recipe. Most of them do not require a lot of water to prepare. Using too much water, in this case, can harm (or change the flavor) of your dish, in addition to prolonging the preparation time and, consequently, also increasing the consumption of cooking gas.

30. Service the air conditioner

Is the story of a dripping air conditioner familiar to you? So that this water doesn’t go to the trash, put a bucket under the gutter and use it, later, to water the plants, for example. Don’t forget to keep your device maintenance up to date, to avoid unnecessary (water and energy) spending.

31. Don’t throw garbage in the toilet

It may seem obvious, but it doesn’t hurt to reinforce: don’t throw absorbent in the toilet, or cigarette ash. Ideally, not even the toilet paper will go down the toilet. The trash can right next door is there to receive these discards.

32. Use a glass to brush your teeth

To discard less and less water, another golden tip is to use a glass of water to brush your teeth. With this simple action you can save more than 11.5 liters.

33. Don’t fill the bathtub

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There is no need to fill the bathtub (adult, whirlpool or even children) completely. For a relaxing and pleasant bath, just fill 2/3 (or a little more than half) of its capacity.

34. Use cold water to wash clothes

It is not necessary to choose the program that uses hot water for washing. If the clothes have a stain that is more difficult to remove, choose to soak them in a bucket, with the bleach of your choice and, then, with the hot water necessary to cover that single piece of clothing. Washing clothes in the cold cycle also prevents the garments from fading early and saves on electricity consumption – since it will not heat the water.

35. Wash clothes by hand

Although it requires some effort and is not very practical on a daily basis, those who want to save money should wash as many pieces of clothing as possible by hand — including smaller or delicate clothes, which naturally need more care.

36. Don’t Cut the Grass Too Much

Did you know that the bigger the grass, the deeper its roots? And the longer your roots, the less they need watering. So, when it’s time to mow the grass, let it be a little taller.

37. Use fertilizer in the garden or in the pots

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The use of fertilizers helps the soil retain moisture. Using these products also prevents water from evaporating, fights weeds and makes your plant healthier.

38. Collect rain correctly

It’s no use if you store rainwater to reuse it, and later find out that it’s not fit for use. Therefore, when storing, always cover the container, to avoid infestations of mosquitoes, especially those that spread diseases, such as Aedes aegypti , responsible for transmitting dengue.

39. Use concentrated cleaning products

Aline explains that it is possible to use concentrated soaps, for example, “which guarantee high performance with just one rinse”. With quality products, which have a more efficient cleaning action, clothes stay scented longer; “and having no external dirt, you will use it more often”, says the professional. In addition, many of them come with biodegradable raw materials, which help not harm the environment.

40. Just a rinse

Most washing machine wash programs suggest two or more rinses, but there is no need to do so. Program just one rinse, put enough fabric softener for the chosen program and that’s it, you can save money here too.

41. Competition with children

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Teach children, from an early age, to save water. In order not to become a boring task or an obligation, how about disguising the economy with a joke? You can suggest, for example, a competition to see who takes the best bath (it has to be a straight and complete bath, washing everything, even behind the ears) in less time. For sure, the little ones will jump on the bandwagon and love to take a quick shower. Oh, and don’t forget to reward the winner.

42. Close the tank tap

The faucet doesn’t have to be on while you soap, scrub or wring out garments. According to Sabesp , for every 15 minutes the tap is open in the tank, 270 liters of water are used, twice as much as in a complete washing cycle in a machine with a capacity of 5 kg.

43. Bring the pans to the table

Nothing prevents you from using your platters and leaving the table set amazing, to leave your guests with their jaws dropped. But on a daily basis, take your own pot to the table. By dirtying less utensils, you use less water.

44. Use steam to your advantage

There are several steam cleaners on the market. They are types of vacuum cleaners, which are used to clean corners full of dust or accumulated grease. These steam cleaners are practical, quick (since cleaning is done much faster than with a squeegee and cloth) and economical. With just a little water in a compartment, the pressure and temperature rise, and the result is steam, which removes dirt without any difficulty.

45. Let your clothes soak

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Many people use the machine’s “pre-wash” mode as they come with this feature. According to Aline, “despite being more practical, the best way to save money is to leave the clothes in a bucket of water, since the end result of cleaning is the same”. This same water can be reused to clean the backyard or driveway at home.

46. ​​Use the same glass to drink water

If every time you go to the filter and have a glass of water, what’s the point of getting a new glass every time? For each cup used, two more cups of water are needed to wash it. So use the same cup all day!

47. Whenever possible, use economy mode

The most modern machines have a washing cycle that uses only one rinse; that is, the so-called economy mode. “In this function, it uses 30% less water, in addition to saving energy. The use of fabric softener in this function can also help when ironing and leave them very soft”, explains Aline. The professional still gives a golden tip: “Last but not least: check if the machine has the energy efficiency seal. But make no mistake! The bar that presents the letters from A to G refers to energy consumption, while water consumption is found at the bottom of the seals”.

48. Garden X Cement

If possible, prefer to have a garden instead of a cemented area. That way you favor the infiltration of rainwater into the soil, and you already save on irrigation.

49. Adopt sprinklers for your garden

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With these timers, your garden will always be watered and green. They are great because, in addition to doing the work in your place, they also only shoot the necessary water, which would not happen with the hose, which usually leaves one piece more soggy than the other.

50. Use watering can

Regardless if you have a garden, a corner of the house or a yard full of pots, adopt the watering can instead of using the hose. This is another way to save water: it goes directly to the toilet, unlike the hose, which lets a lot of water go to the floor.

Saving water is good for your pocket and especially for the environment. But even after all these options for the economy, what really counts is conscious consumption. Reinforce these tips with your family and friends and help save this natural wealth. The Planet thanks you!